“Icons on Ammunition Boxes” exhibition opens at Philadelphia Cathedral


PHILADELPHIA – A unique display of religious iconography, titled “Icons on Ammunition Boxes”, will be on display at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 830 North Franklin St., during the week of June 2-9.

The week-long exhibit, which opens Sunday, June 2 at 3:45 p.m., is one of many events inaugurating the episcopal ministry of the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Philadelphia, Borys Gudziak, who will be inducted on Tuesday, June 4.

On Sunday June 2 at 7:45 pm and Saturday June 8 at 12:15 pm, Gennadiy Druzenko and iconographer Oleksandr Klymenko will present an informative lecture, “The Art of Volunteering; Volunteering Art ”, about the“ Icons on Ammo Boxes ”exhibition and the“ Buy an Icon – Save a Life ”initiative.

These icons are written on boxes of ammunition brought from the combat zone in eastern Ukraine, where a war between Ukraine and Russian-backed militants has been going on for five years.

The main idea of ​​the “Icons on Ammo Boxes” project is the transformation of death (symbolized by ammo boxes) into life (traditionally symbolized by icons in Ukrainian culture). This victory of life over death takes place not only on the figurative and symbolic level but also in reality through these icons on the ammunition boxes.

The project by Kiev artists Sofia Atlantova and Oleksandr Klymenko, “Buy an Icon – Save a Life” supports the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital (PFVMH), a non-government program that employs civilian doctors to provide medical aid to soldiers and civilians in the Joint Forces Area of ​​Operation (formerly known as the Counterterrorism Operation) in eastern Ukraine.

The icons will be available for purchase.

The icons have been exhibited worldwide in The Hague, Antwerp, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Hanover, Leipzig, Bonn, Cologne, Warsaw, Vienna, Lublin, Prague, Rome, Milan and Catania in Sicily, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto as well as the Ukrainian cities of Kiev, Lviv, Lutsk, Mariupol, Dnipro, Kamianske and Pokrovsk.

During the week of June 2 to June 9, visitors can view the “Icons on Ammunition Boxes” exhibit from 9 am to 4 pm

Additional information is available at: http://www.medbat.org.ua/en/buy-icon-save-a-life/.

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