UNTITLED. sculptures. november 2014
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”Untitled” 2014, Exhibited in museum Quartier Wien Austria, and Center of Visual Communication Kiev, Ukraine 2015.
In private collection in Hong-Kong, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Ukraine, Austria, England
When the Series was created the artist wanted to express a sad reality of invasion and war in Ukraine’s present moment. In the spirit of the destroyed Homo Bulla sculptures, exhibiting humanity’s most cruel face, symbolizes atrocities of genocide and war, back to World War 2 and beyond. But the sensitive soap sculptures of Marias hands and feet become the opposite, a true expression of life in all its beauty, something to nurture and be nurtured by.
The soap used in the sculptures “Untiteled”, origins from the same company that sell soap to the military industry company. Soap for ballistic testing, for its similarities in texture to the human body.
Summer 2012 I have made 3 soap sculptures – molding of my all body in IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives., Donetsk.
Summer 2014 this centre was occupied by DPR terrorists, where they still base, sculptures became as mishen for shooting and training for killing usual people.
I lost my motherland, home – Krym.
Autumn 2014 started my new life and as reflection for all shit, what happend with me, my life, family, country I decided to make parts of my body, rest of me.
Looked for soap, in Malmo, Sweden, found it.
The same soap factory, what saled to me 30 kg of soap, the same factory usually sale the same soap to swedish weapon factories, but big pieces like human body size, where they (who produce guns) training, shooting to this soap’s bloks and choose best weapon, and then sale to Russia, US, to everyone who give more money (consistance of soap the same as human body, best for shooting).
Then this weapon come and come to my country in the hands of terrorists, with russian army, and from the beginning kill my soap sculptures, then reall human body and take out our life, land, houses, families …
In Vienna, in Museum Quarter, in Architektur Zentrum, in show of Ukrainian artists “Through Maidan and Beyond” was showed some of this transporent soap parts of human body, my own body.
As I understud during this projects, that for power, violence and money, prize of 1 kg of our life is the same as prize of 1 kg of soap for training for weapon.
20 pairs of hands and feet of transparent soap, molded my own body
Maria kulikovska, 2014