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“Buy an Icon – Save a Life” is an art project of Kyivan artists Sofia Atlantova and Oleksandr Klymenko aimed at supporting the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital (PFVMH), a non-government project that employs civilian medics to provide medical aid to both militants and civilians in the Joint Forces Operation (formerly Anti-Terrorist Operation) zone in Eastern Ukraine.

Apr. 16, 2019, Kyiv, Saint Sophia Cathedral. Oleksandr Klymenko and Sofia Atlantova at the opening of the “Passiones/Passion” exhibition of icons on ammo boxes dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Donbas

Exhibitions of the icons on ammo boxes, brought from the combat zone, have already been held at the European Parliament, Parliaments of Ukraine and Lithuania, St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, and the Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine. The icons have been displayed in Antwerp, Berlin, Bloomington, Bonn, Catania, Chiaramonte Gulfi, Chicago, Edmonton, Frankfurt am Main, the Hague, Iași, Munich, Hanover, Leipzig, Lublin, Los Angeles, Milan, Montreal, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Prague, Radomyshl, Rome, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw, and Winnipeg, as well as the Ukrainian cities of Dnipro, Fastiv, Lutsk, Lviv, Mariupol, Kamyanske, and Pokrovsk. Exhibitions of the icons on ammo boxes were also part of the 25th Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland, and the 8th Kyiv Security Forum, and were held in the University of Alberta in Canada, the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, and the Superior Institute of Religious Sciences of St. Thomas Aquinas in Kyiv.

Dec. 7, 2018, Kyiv, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania. PFVMH Supervisory Board Chairman Gennadiy Druzenko has just given President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė a Guardian Angel icon painted on an ammo box fragment as a present for her consistent support of Ukraine

The main idea of the project is the transformation of death (symbolized by ammo boxes) into life (traditionally symbolized by icons in Ukrainian culture). What is important, this victory of life over death happens not only on the figurative and symbolic level but also in reality…

 

Icons available for purchase

To avoid orders duplication, please let us know about your icon(s) selection as soon as possible at icons@medbat.org.ua. We will send you payment instructions only after making sure that the icon you have selected is actually available and someone else did not book it just before you did.

 


Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady with the Child
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
Board origin: near Horlivka, Donetsk Oblast.
The box was brought by PFVMH volunteers

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Oleksandr Klymenko
The Savior
45х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, camouflage fabric, acryl.
Board origin: Avdiyivka Industrial Zone, Donetsk Oblast.
The box was brought by PFVMH volunteers

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Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint George and the Dragon
48х53cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera.
Board origin: Avdiyivka Industrial Zone, Donetsk Oblast

Sofia Atlantova
Our Lady of Zhyrovitsy
45х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera.
Board origin: Avdiyivka Industrial Zone, Donetsk Oblast

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Sofia Atlantova
Saint Nicholas
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera.
Board origin: near Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast.
The board was a present given by Ukrainian Marines

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Sofia Atlantova
Saint Archangel Barachiel
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera.
Board origin: near Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast.
The board was a present given by Ukrainian Marines

Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Apostle Peter
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box lid, tempera.
Board origin: near Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast.
The board was a present given by Ukrainian Marines

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Sofia Atlantova
Our Lady of Brotherhood Monastery
35х40cm
Ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

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Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady on Camouflage Fabric
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box board, camouflage fabric, acryl.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

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Oleksandr Klymenko
The Savior on Camouflage Fabric
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box board, camouflage fabric, acryl.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Apostle Peter
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box board, camouflage fabric, acryl.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

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Sofia Atlantova
Our Lady the Never-fading Blossom
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box lid, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

Sofia Atlantova
Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

Sofia Atlantova
Seven Arrows (The Softener of Evil Hearts)
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

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Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Nicholas
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, camouflage fabric, acryl.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

Oleksandr Klymenko
The Guardian Angel
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box board, camouflage fabric, acryl.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint John the Evangelist
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Matthew the Evangelist
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Luke the Evangelist
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

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Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Apostle Paul
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

Oleksandr Klymenko
The Head of Saint John the Baptist
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

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Sofia Atlantova
Saints Faith, Hope, and Charity with their mother Sophia
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

Sofia Atlantova
Saint Barbara
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

Oleksandr Klymenko
The Holy Face (Mandylion) on Camouflage Fabric
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box lid, acryl.
Board origin: village of Pisky, Donetsk Oblast

Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Nicholas
45х85cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The board was brought from Pisky village

Oleksandr Klymenko
Savior
39х112cm
Shell box fragment, tempera.
Place of origin: Popasna.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff

Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady of Bogolyubovo
31х89cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff from near Novotroitske

Oleksandr Klymenko
The Softener of Evil Hearts
31х89cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff from near Novotroitske

Sofia Atlantova
Our Lady of Kozelschyna
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff from near Horlivka

Sofia Atlantova
Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff from near Avdiyivka

Sofia Atlantova
Saint Archangel Michael
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff from near Horlivka

Sofia Atlantova
The Crop Saver
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff from near Avdiyivka

 

Download “The Icons on Ammo Boxes” booklet (January 2019), 4.5 MB
Download “The Icons on Ammo Boxes” booklet, 1.45 MB
Download the “Ilovaysk Deisis” catalog, 6,03 MB
Download the “Buy an Icon – Save a Life” catalog, 36 MB
Video: “Art that Saves Lives: Contemporary Ukrainian Icon Painting. Originally presented at the Folklore Lunch organized by the Kule Folklore Center at the University of Alberta on October 6, 2017”

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