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Flowers / Alexandra Larsson Jacobson and Maria Kulikovska

The Flowers Project presents works by Swedish artist Alexandra Larsson Jacobson in dialogue with the works by Maria Kulikovska, who created them together with her husband and architect Uleg Vinnichenko and director Aline Gontar. Representatives of two different yellow-blue countries – neo-liberal Sweden and still quite patriarchal Ukraine – have been exploring the notion of the human shell as a metaphor for socio-political relationships in society for more than a year. Shcherbenko Art Centre / Kyiv, UA / 2019

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The Flowers Project presents works by Swedish artist Alexandra Larsson Jacobson in dialogue with the works by Маша Куликовская (Maria Kulikovska), who created them together with her husband and architect Uleg Vinnichenko and director Aline Gontar. Representatives of two different yellow-blue countries – neoliberal Sweden and still quite patriarchal Ukraine – have been exploring the notion of the human shell as a metaphor for socio-political relationships in society for more than a year.
The figurative and semantic content of the exhibition is centered around the Body-Skin-Shell-Membrane-Skin-Woman complex concept proposed by the authors. The project name also contains the semantic ambiguity of the Russian word "цветы", which is in harmony with the word colors. The artists offer their own interpretation of femininity in relation to personal inner traumas and society, power and boundaries, motherhood and its absence.
For two years, Alexandra has been photographing flowers that fade, rot, wither – just cut off, but already dying. She started this series at the time she gave birth to a baby. Initially these photos were a kind of reflection on the transformation of her life and body, a new status in society, as well as a kind of subconscious psychological therapy and a way to break free from internal fears and memory injuries.
Maria's works lead the viewer into a constructed reality where the body, sensuality, sincerity, ferocity, femininity, new identity and heroism are overcome by childhood traumas, fears and conflicts generated by the turbulent world. Watercolor drawings bleeding on old paper for architectural drawings, busts of an artist made of ballistic soap and flowers, a video where Maria shoots herself and wanders nude in the woods. The artist invites to her inner world and offers to share her personal trauma. The one from which she escapes into her own forest of flowers, while exposing carefully hidden skeletons in the cabinets of the viewer and society.
[The opening will take place on December 6, 2019 - the birthday of Maria Kulikovska's father, who lives on the Edge of the Earth, and on the Armed Forces Day of Ukraine].

Alexandra Larsson-Jacobson
Born in 1982 in Halmstad, Sweden. Graduated from the Stockholm School of Photography, a graduate of the Umea Academy of Fine Arts. From 2018 she is studying for a Masters Degree at the University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Konstfack in Stockholm. Works with media such as objects, installation, photography and performance. The artist's projects have been presented in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Slovakia, the USA and Thailand. He lives and works in Stockholm.

Maria Kulikovska
Born in 1988 in Kerch, Crimea, Ukraine. She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (Kyiv), as well as a postgraduate course at the Royal Institute of Fine Arts (Stockholm, Sweden). From 2018 she is studying for a Masters Degree at the University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Konstfack in Stockholm. A participant of the MUHi 2011. PinchukArtPrize 2013 Award nominee, author of architectural projects (including the Shcherbenko Art Centre building) in Ukraine, Switzerland and China. Mary's works have been presented in Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, Spain, and in other countries. Based in Kyiv and Stockholm, operates internationally.

School of Political Performance (SPP)
Founded, created and managed by a Crimean-Ukrainian artist and performer in exile Maria Kulikovska together with the architect, director, co-founder of the Gallery-Shelter "Garage 33", her husband Uleg Vinnichenko since May 2017. Also curator and philosopher Lesia Kulchinska was at the origins of the School. The SPP is designed as a platform for the emergence and manifestation in society of new cultural forms of interaction through performances, happenings, actions in public space.
The task of the SPP is to expose malignant tumors of society by giving voice to marginalized groups of society.

Shcherbenko Art Centre
Created by Maryna Shcherbenko, Ukrainian curator and gallery owner. The aim of the Centre is to create opportunities for dialogue between the art world and the general audience. The Centre is engaged in exhibition activities, and also works as a venue for lectures, round tables, workshops with leading masters of contemporary art in Ukraine and other countries.
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