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Two iron bells have been cast from the artist's body. Inside the hollow shape are metal-shaped batons that can be used to chime the bells. The bells in the exhibition will chime when there is an air raid in Ukraine – as a reminder that the war is still going on. During the first days of the exhibition the artist will perform the chiming in the space; after which the task will be passed on to Accelerator's exhibition hosts. The hope is that the bells will chime as little as possible and that they will become silent sooner rather than later.

The artist regards the sculptures as "poles around which all her other actions swirl". At Accelerator, Kulikovska's site-specific drawings relate to a planned development of her work President of Crimea that was put on hold because of the war in Ukraine. The idea is to cast four bells in bronze in the form of bodies featuring different faces: the artist's grandmother's, her mother's, her baby daughter's and her own. For this exhibition, the intention was to cast the bells in a foundry in Chernihiv, Ukraine, which has a long tradition of casting church bells. Foundries still exist but due to the war they are experiencing many difficulties. The project at Accelerator is a starting point for producing these four future sculptures in Ukraine as soon as possible.

The bells are produced in collaboration with Oleh Vinnichenko.

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Long-long-long road, 1-birthday "party" in the car on the back side, in the between of many warm clothes for baby from humanitarian center for Ukrainians… sometimes smiles and even laughs, sometimes cry and frustrating… horrible hotel somewhere in Berlin, horror car crash just near by and missed ferry… then again long-long-long road… tired… extremely… then paint, paint, paint… paint of all frustration and hate, all anger and sadness… pain… endless pain and anger, but smile to everyone…

Now again road-road-road and ferry… what next… don't know… I want go home, just be at own home with my own family… with my baby and my husband… but we continue to fight… fight through art…

From Maria Kulikovska's social media.

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