Kyiv Child

About this object

Narrative

In 2022 Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaa launched a fundraising project to help Ukrainian victims of the Russian war. He had an exhibition scheduled for the autumn of 2022 at the TSEKH Art Gallery in Kyiv, Ukraine. One of the works that was meant to be displayed was a car hood artwork called "Kyiv Child", a piece he created after visiting Ukraine in 2019. Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas wrote: “I made many friends on that trip, and now they are huddling in basements, holding their children close. They worry about food, water, and Putin's indiscriminate bombing of civilians. A print was created using an image of the artwork; the prints went on sale March 28, with all proceeds going to UNICEF Canada. Malaspina Printmakers provided the high-quality art paper and pigment, labour, and press at no cost. Others donated funds to cover other expenses so that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the prints would go to charity. The funds for this print were contributed by the MOA Volunteer Associates.

Iconographic meaning

The artist wrote: “This work, Kyiv Child, is inspired by a centuries-old stone carving from St. Michael's Cathedral in Ukraine's capital city. On that carving, a warrior on horseback carries a spear. For my adaptation of this work, the ‘stone’ is now the hood of a ZAZ-AA03 Slavuta car manufactured in a post-Soviet Ukraine. And the warrior is replaced by a mother and child travelling over a plain gilded in gold and silver."

Specific techniques

Aqueous pigment and screen print, on luster photo paper.

Physical description

Photographic print. Image shows a mother and child on horseback; the figures are outlined in black with yellow halos. The image is painted on a car hood covered in silver and gold. Edition 12 of 224. Titled and signed by artist below image.