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Maria Kulikovska

Maria Kulikovska is an crimean artist-architect-performer in exile. She was born and raised in the city of Kerch in the East of the Crimea Peninsula, but has not been able to return since its Russian annexation [last time she was at homewith her family in October 2013, few days before the Revolution]. Among Kulikovska central works are the sculptural projects "Army of Clones" (2010) and "Homo Bulla" (2012), both of which were part of the collection at Izolyatsia Art Center in Donetsk, but were used as targets for shooting practic-
ing and were destroyed by occupying troops in summer 2014 in Donbass area (conflict zone in the East of Ukraine).
Kulikovska collaborated with Swedish artist Jacqueline Shabo from 2013 to 2017, creating the "Body and Borders" project, which discusses the positions of female bodies towards power, nationalities, borders and social structures.
Her most recent works include numerous performances, actions, drawings, sculptural objects and videos, as for instance the social sculpture and performance "The Migrant Parliament of the Displaced: The Raft CrimeA". In 2015, Kulikovska founded the artistic feminist movement "Flowers of Democracy." In 2016, she became a founder of "The School of Political Performance". Currently she is co-working with the architect, engineer and her lover, partner and husband ULEG [Oleh Vinnichenko] and they are working on the designing, building and establishing experimental open space and storage «GARAGE 33» for the artists from the "conflict", which will be open during the summer 2019 and is located in Kyiv.








MA of Fine Arts in Konstfack University (the best art, design, multidisciplinary school in Sweden)

Post Graduate course "Modernist legacies, constructions of whiteness and swedishness" in Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Stockholm, Sweden

Summer Institute of politics, social, democracy and conflicts studies, Augsburg University, Augsburg, Germany

Summer Academy of Goethe-Institute, Kiev, Colon, Dresden, Koln

Master of Architecture and Fine Arts, Lector, Researcher

Student of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kyiv, Ukraine

Student of College of Building, Design and Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine

Selected Works

Performance "Based on the truth stories" and presentation White Soap Figure form the triptych "Homo Bulla" in the historical museum Hyndlian-House, group show of Art Collection Telekom as part of Cultural Capital events in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Total installation "The Raft CrimeA", Artivist_lab, Prague, Czech Republic

Little Mermaid [Soap Column] in the group show "After Image", Voloshyn Gallery, Kyiv, UA

Performance and sculptural installation, group show at Konsthall-C, Stockholm, SE

Shooting of the group of the soap figures, performance-as-recreation of the action of shooting soap and plaster casts-sculptures 'Homo Bulla' and "army of Clones' during occupation forces by terrorists and militia of self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, for the film of Ukrainian-German film director Daria Onyschenko.

2018 Presentation of the series of drawings 'My beautiful. Wife?' on the porcelain plates, in the group show of Ukrainian and German artists 'Ukraine: Learning from a good neighbor 1918-2018', Pasinger Fabrik Cultural Center, Munich, Germany

'Carpe Diem' series of 5 full body cast of the body of artist in epoxy resin and video of the performance 'Lustration' in the retrospective of the 5 years of the magazine Vogue Ukraine, Lavra City-Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

New performance and exhibition of sculptural objects "Self-Exclusion"during the presentation of special art edition of Vogue Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

Open lecture and solo show about The Raft CrimeA, International Institute for Peace, Vienna, Austria

The Raft CrimeA, performance in the public space of city center of Vienna and exhibition in the High School of Media and Design, Vienna, Austria

Presentation a new series of soap sculptures 2018, in the open space of Cidade da Cultura Cultural Center, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Performance "The Raft CrimeA" and installation in the public space, in front of the bridge Oresund, new soap sculpture "Little Mermaid", Malmo, Sweden

Performance "Lustration № 2", special for Vogue Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

Solo show of aquarelles paintings and sculptures "Swimming in Freedom", in Port Creative Hub, Kiev

Presentation new sculptural triptych in the group show of Ukrainian avant-garde "Permanent Revolution" in Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Romania

Public lecture and workshop for the students of National Academy of Fine Arts in Kharkov, Ukraine

March 2018 – presentation of the total installation (sculpture and video) as final result of the research during the Liverpool Biennial Residency, final group exhibition, Ermilov Centre, Kharkov, Ukraine

February-March 2018 – filming of series video performances, School of Political Performance, Kiev, Ukraine

8thof March – performance "Lustration", museum of contemporary art Mystetski Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine

2017 Presentation of sculptural project "Capre Diem" in the group show "Marry Me", Museum of the History of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

Performance "Blood and Pressure" in collaboration with artist Mila Dolman, Ugly Duck Art Center, London, U.K.

Presentation sculptural project "Memento Mori" [Who am I?] of 23 sculptural objects in the glass case of fashion store "All are Ours" (Vsi Svoi) on main street of capital city Kiev, Ukraine
September-October 2017 – performance, social sculpture "The Raft CrimeA", SWAB Performance Barcelona, Spain

Sculptural performance "Flowers of Democracy" and panel discussion about political performance, CREATURE Festival of Performance, Kaunas, Lithuania

Finalist of Liverpool Biennale residence, Liverpool, U.K.

2017 Facilitator in Marina Abramovic project "Generator" in Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine

"Who am I?", series of sculptural objects-self portraits, full body sculptures, presentation during show "Cold Hope", Invogue art gallery, Green Theatre, International Film Festival, Odessa, Ukraine

"Identity", performance, sculptural installation, Spinneriet gallery, Malmo

Permanent sculpture project "Memento Mori" in public park, Lviv, Ukraine

Solo exhibition "The Folds", series of 10 sculptural objects, Port Creative Hub, Kiev, Ukraine

Presentation of the performative sculpture "Folds" during Kiev Art Week, Toronto Business Center, Kiev, Ukraine

2016 "Salt of Earth" [Soma. Replica], total sculptural installation, Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine

Presentation sculptural project "Homo Bulla" as part of Art Collection of Deutsche Telekom, National Museum of Sculpture "Krolikarnia", Warsaw, Poland

Solo exhibition about "The Raft CrimeA. Trumps of Doom", social sculpture, VCRC, Kiev, Ukraine

Start of the performance, social sculpture "The Raft CrimeA", Dnipro River, Kiev, UA, Vilkovo, UA

Solo exhibition "9th of May", Art Represent, London, UK

Action / Sculptures Flowers of Democracy, City London, National Gallery, Tate Modern, Parliament, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

"Scars", sculptural objects, Kiev's Museum of Russian Arts, Kiev, Ukraine

Performance "Kiss Me", Aids Foundation of Olena Pinchuk, Mystetskiy Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine

2015 Assistant of Peter Johansson for the show in Borås Museum of Contemporary Art, Sweden

Performance "Happy Birthday", Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

"Homo Bulla. Replica", 3 sculptural objects made out of soap by body casting. Finalist of UK/Raine, first ever open competition for all emerging artists from the UK and Ukraine, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

"Casts", soap sculptures, moldings of own body in the group show "What I have from women", VCRC, Kiev, Ukraine

On-going performance «Flowers of Democracy», Zhovten Cinema, Kiev, Ukraine; Passage (shopping mall), City Hall, The alley of Greatest Leaders of Dnepropetrovsk, Ex-Library (nowadays center of ultra rights group), Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine; London City, UK

Participant of study program «Mosaic of the City» about public art and participatory art by CCA, Ukraine, and «Summer Academy» by Goethe Institute, Cologne, Bohum, Germany

«No Questions/Body and Borders #3, presentation of project Kulikovska-Shabo in the curatorial show «Philosophy of Migration», Museum of Heritage of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

Participant of gorillas performance #onvacation in Russian Pavilion of Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

«White» — performance against Russia aggression to Ukraine, against annexation of Crimea, 1 of May, Crimea bridge, Moscow-river, Moscow, Russia.

«Heart of a Dog/Body and Borders#2» by Kulikovska-Shabo group, solo show, installations, sculpture, performance, curator of open call for female artist, Gallery Verkligheten, Umeå, Sweden

"To Be or not to Be", video, performance, presented in the «Fokus 2015″OPEN CALL PRISUDDELING», Nicolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Dannmark

2014 Participant of «Body Protest –The Body in Political Activism» – presentation of political art, political protests, raising issues of human rights, organized by students of the University of Malmo, Department of Human Rights and the Study Conflicts in Mellem Rummet, Copenhagen, Denmark

«Untitled», group show «Give Me Tomorrow», Bottega-gallery, Shcherbenko Art Centre, Institute of Problems of Contemporary Art, Kyiv, Ukraine

«Untitled», group show «Through Maidan and Beyond», Architekturzentrum Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna Art Week, Austria

«Untitled», street action of support Ukrainian people who protect their life and fight for their freedom and peace, against Russian aggression and against selling weapons from France to Russia, the festival of political performance «Péril Jeune», art centre «Confluences — lieu d'engagement artistique», Boulevard Sharon, Paris

«Untitled», group show «Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now», Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

«254» Sculpture in group show "Postcards from Maidan," Curator Lesya Prokopenko, Marek GoździewskiKyiv Platform for Contemporary Art, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

«to Be or not to Be», group video showing of video art «Art for Freedom», Saakashvili Presidential Library, Tbilisi, Georgia

"254", Unauthorized performance in "Manifesta10" in, General StaffHermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia, with support of IZOLYATSIA, St.Petrsburg, Ruassia

"Body and Borders", video, HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

"Body and Borders", video, Bottega-gallery, Art Vilnius

"Untitled", installation, home used textile, meat, Art Vilnius

"Body and Borders", sculptural installation of "Kulikovska–Shabo Group" in group show "Cultural Capital", Center For Art And Urbanistics ZK/U, Berlin, Germany

"Body and Borders" – Ukrainian — Sweden group project, marriage as an art project, happening, performance, in an artistic group Kulikovska – Shabo, with support of "IZOLAYTSIA" (foundation of contemporary art, Donetsk, Ukraine)

To Be or not to Be", video, performance, presented in the NYC Kinofest, Ukrainian Institute of America, Chicago, USA

"Body and Borders", sculptural installation as Kulikovska–Shabo group in group show "Culture Capital" Bildmuseet, Umeo, Sweden

"To Be or not to Be", video, performance in group show "And Now? Power of Art", Lavra-gallery, Kiev, Ukraine

"Extrusion", sculptural installation from animal fat in group show "Independent Square", Yarmilov Art Centre, Kharkov, Ukraine

2013 "Marketable Condition", video in special project of Scherbenko Art Centre for Kiev Art Fair'2013, Mystetskiy Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine

"Soma" sculpture, salt, personal project was nominee for the Pinchuk Art Prize 2013, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine

2012 "Gender", group curatorial project, "IZOLATSIA", Donetsk, Ukraine

2011 "Koan" series of paintings in the facility, a group project, "Did Painting Die?", M17 Contemporary Art Center, Kyiv, Ukraine

"Sleep", video, group project «Habitat», Bottega-gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

"Bounty" installation, video art, group curatorial project "Independent", Museum of Contemporary Art "Art Arsenal" Kyiv, Ukraine

"Pandora", installation, personal special project, "Mukhi'2011", Bottega-gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

"Pisanky" feminist protest project (sculptural installations) in the group curatorial project "Collective Dreams", Bottega-gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art, Kyiv, Ukraine

2010 "Army of Clones" (site-specific sculptural installation of 20 objects, casts of the own body of artist) personal project within the international festival of contemporary visual art GogolFest'10, Studio Dovgenko, Kyiv, Ukraine

Finalist of the contest "Mukhi 2010" initiated by Bottega-gallery and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Kyiv, Ukraine

"Untitled", video art, contemporary art week, "Weekend Gallery", Berlin, Germany

2009 "Untitled" land-art facility, International Festival of land art "Mifogenez" Vinnitsa, Ukraine

2008 Finalist "Creative Youth Forum", gallery "Ra", Kyiv, Ukraine

2006 "First Solo Exhibition", center of Ukrainian political organization "Prosvita", Kyiv, Ukraine.

Architectural & Design Practice

2016 Design of private villa, Kiev, Ukraine

2014 Design and architecture control of realization of private apartment, Kiev, Ukraine

2013 An architectural practice in urban architectural company «ASA AG», Zurich, Switzerland

«International Seaport Kerch», Master diploma, design of architecture project, The National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine

2012 «Myth: Ukrainian Baroque» Architect of exhibition space of National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

"Techno-Land. Museum of Technic", design of architecture project in competition of ideas for revitalization of old, abandoned territory with coal's heaps in the Donetsk region, Kiev, Ukraine

«Social Kindergarten», proposition of architecture project of the social kindergarten and preschool in the suburb of Kiev, Ukraine

«Social housing», proposition of urban architectural project, design and modeling new area for social living space in Kiev, Ukraine

2011 Main architect and designer of Shcherbenko Art Centre (SHCHAC), architecture controll during the realization of this building Kyiv, Ukraine

2010–2011 BA diploma «Museum of the History of Kiev», The National Museum of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine

2009–2010 Design and realization of the architectural project of private villa, Kiev, Ukraine

Teaching & Lecturing Practice




23 October 2018 – Artist-talk with Christine Hamel, bavarian broadcasting, specialty Eastern Europe, in the group exhibition of Ukrainian and German artists 'Ukraine: Learning from a good neighbour 1918-2018', Pasinger Fabrik Cultural Center, Munich, Germany

May 2018 – open discussion about political performance, position of artist in the war and the conflict territory with the director of Institute of Peace Stephanie Fenkart, Vienna, Austria

May 2018 – one week of lecturing for students of the High School of Media and Design, Vienna, Austria
October 2017 – open lecture, workshop and tutorials for the students of Fine Arts department of Liverpool John Mores University, Liverpool, U.K.

2017 - series of lectures and master-class "Body and Borders", School of Political Performance, VCRC, Kiev, Ukraine

2016 – master class and presentation of School of Political Performance, Spinneriet art pre-school, Malmo, Sweden

2016 – series lectures 'School of Political Performance' for students, activists and artists about human rights, protest art and about own experience as an artist, VCRC, Kiev, Ukraine

2015 – series lectures for students, activists and artists about human rights, protest art and about own experience as an artist, organized by Euro-Maidan non-profit human rights organization, Kiev, Ukraine

2014 – guest teacher for students in Glokala folkhögskolan, Malmö, Sweden

2013-2014 – teacher of visual culture of contemporary art for children in the PinchukArtCenter, Kiev, Ukraine

Teacher of own program of media-art in IZOLYATSIA, foundation of contemporary art and cultural, Donetsk, Ukraine

Curator and teacher of contemporary art for children in Bottega-gallery, Kiev, Ukraine

Curator and teacher of visual culture of contemporary art for children in private school «Creative Studio», Kiev, Ukraine
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