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    Polish artist turns ammunition chests from Mariupol into icons

    Hubert Kampa, a painter from Wrocław and the chairman of the In Blessed Art Foundation started an action of picturing icons on ammunition chests transported from Mariupol. They are later auctioned off, and the profits are donated to the people in Ukraine.

    Hubert Kampa is an iconographer who works in Poland and Ukraine alike. He has a history of helping those affected by the war in Ukraine – he engaged in humanitarian help since its breakout in 2014. In Blessed Art Foundation works with The Ark of Peace Centre, which delivers material help to people in Donetsk Oblast and helps refugees who fled from Ukraine. Recently, Kampa found a new way to help: picturing icons on the desks of ammunition chests.

    The first series of works put for action raised over 30,000 PLN that Kampa donated to the Polish diaspora in Ukraine, who defend the country. Most of the money was spent on military uniforms, shoes, bulletproof vests and torches, while the rest was on medication and food. In future plans, Kampa has an exhibition of icons and another auction. On the page of In Blessed Art Foundation, he encourages other artists to involve in the project. He wants to make a collection of icons of Mariupol Madonna, the patron of the war-torn city. Those works will be later auctioned, and the money donated according to the needs of people in Ukraine.

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