Kulikovska Maria



Born in 1988 in the city of Kerch, Ukraine. Graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kyiv, Ukraine. From 2016 to 2017 she studied at the Royal Institute of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden. Participant of the project MUHi 2011. Nominated for Pinchuk Art Prize 2013. Author of architectural projects (in particular, Shcherbenko Art Center building) in Ukraine, Switzerland and China. She conducted lectures and workshops on contemporary art in Kyiv (VCRC, Bottega gallery, PinchukArtCentre), Donetsk (IZOLYATSIA), Dnipro, Liverpool and Malmö.



“From Action to Performative Sculpture: Maria Kulikovska”, solo show, Shcherbenko Art Center, Kyiv, Ukraine.

‘Constitution of the Autonomous Republic of Xena-Maria’ (series of the watercolours on the papers, received from migration offices) at the group exhibition ‘Futureless’ in SomoS Art Center, Berlin, Germany.           

 ‘Homo Bulla. Replica’ (sculptures from the ballistic soap created in 2015) at the group exhibition ‘Keeping the Balance’, curated by Art Collection Deutsche Telekom in Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary.

‘Constitution of the Autonomous Republic…’ (continuation of the series of watercolours on the papers, received from migration offices) at the group exhibition ‘From Ritual to Routine’ in Artsvit gallery, Dnipro, Ukraine.

Premiere of the full-length feature film ‘The Forgotten’ (directed by Daria Gold-Onyshchenko) at the Molodist Film Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine. In this film the documentation of the live performance by Maria Kulikovska was used, in which artist personally shot a series of her sculptures – casts from her body made of ballistic soap. And also in the continuation of this performance Maria played her first role in a full-length film as a journalist of propaganda TV-channel.

‘Burned Bust’ – burned sculpture at the group show in the seasonal artists-run sculptural park Morby Gard, Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden.

Performance with the soap bust, cast of artist’s body during Supermarket Artists-run Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden. Cancelled/postponed participation because of Covid-19.

‘The President of Crimea’ – sculptural installation with the series of watercolours drawings on the papers, received from migration offices at the MFA final exhibition in MinT Art Center, Stockholm, Sweden.

 ‘The President of Crimea’ – sculptural installation of 2 cast-iron bells, body parts from cast-iron and the series of watercolours drawings on the papers, received from migration offices at the MFA solo exhibition in Vita Havet – main hall of Konstfack University, Stockholm, Sweden.


 Flowers’ – solo exhibition together with Swedish artist Alexandra Larsson Jacobson in Shcherbenko Art Center, Kyiv, Ukraine. Exhibition curated by School of Political Performance, where were presented a new series of 5 soap busts ‘880’ and 88 watercolours from the series ‘888’, as well video-performance ‘Let me say: it’s not forgotten’.                                  

‘Self-portrait in Flowers’ – bust from ballistic soap with flowers inside. Created with Uleg Vіnnіchenko. In the collection of Vsi. Svoi Store (the biggest fashion concept-store of Ukrainian design), Kyiv, Ukraine.

 ‘Soap Figure with Flowers’ – cast from the artist's body in ballistic soap, which used for the testing weapons. The sculpture was created with Uleg Vіnnіchenko specially for the solo exhibition ‘My Skin is My Business’ at Odesa Fine Arts Museum. This sculpture is part of permanent collection of the Odesa Fine Arts Museum, Odesa, Ukraine.

My Skin is My Business’ – solo exhibition with the number of sculptural series in the grotto of The Odesa Fine Arts Museum, Odesa, Ukraine. The whole exhibition and the sculptures where created with Uleg Vіnnіchenko.

‘Body as Mannequin’ – collaboration with Ukrainian fashion designer Ruslan Baginskiy during the Haute-Couture Week, Paris, France. The sculptures and exhibition created with Uleg Vіnnіchenko.

‘Let me Say: It's not Forgotten’ – exhibition of the soap figures and epoxy sculptures from the series ‘Carpe Diem’; two video-performances: ‘Lustration #2’ and ‘Let me Say: It’s not Forgotten’; performative-lecture in the foyer of the Theatre HAU, Berlin, Germany. The sculptures, video-performances and exhibition created with Uleg Vіnnіchenko.

‘Let me Say: It's not Forgotten’ – video-performance of execution of 6 Soap Figures, recreation of the real story, which happened 9th of June 2014 during occupation forces in the East part of Ukraine, where pro-Russian terrorists used for the shooting practice all soap sculptures from the triptych ‘Homo Bulla – Human as Soap Bubble’ (2012) and all plaster figures from ‘Army of Clones’ (2010) in Izolyatsia Art Center.

All sculptures in video created with Uleg Vіnnіchenko. Camera and filming by Aline Gontar. Video created with the support of HAU Berlin and The School of Political Performance.

‘Based on the Truth Stories. 2’ – performance and presentation of the White Soap Figure form the sculptural triptych ‘Homo Bulla. Replica’ (2015) in the historical museum ‘Hyndlian-House’ at the group show of Art Collection Deutsche Telekom, organised by ‘Office for Art’ and ‘Cultural Capital’ in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Installation ‘The Raft CrimeA’ at Artivist_lab in Prague, Czech Republic. Exhibition was organised by human-rights organisation ‘People in Need’. The show was created with Uleg Vіnnіchenko.

‘Little Mermaid’ – sculpture in the group show ‘After Image’, Voloshyn Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine. The sculpture created with Uleg Vіnnіchenko.

‘Based on the Truth Stories. 1’ – performance and sculptural installation at the group show in Konsthall-C, Stockholm, Sweden. The sculptures and preparations for the performance created with Uleg Vіnnіchenko.

 ‘Scars’ – casts of the artist’s feet and hands in ballistic soap in the group show during Hybrid Madrid Art Fair (Madrid, Spain), organised by Izolyatsia Art Center.

He for She award-figurines – 5 casts of the artist hands as the award-figurine for the first ever ‘HeForShe’ award for the female-artists and cultural workers, organised by UUoN Women and He for She organisation, Kyiv, Ukraine.

 Stardust’ – metaphorical maquette (125 sq. m) of the Kerch Peninsula with 5 Figures from the soil and different minerals at the historical exhibition ‘Amazing Stories of Crimea’ in Mystetskiy Arsenal Art Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine. The sculptures, model of landscape and video created with Uleg Vіnnіchenko. Performative sculpture ‘Stardust’ became a part of the permanent national collection of the Mystetskiy Arsenal Art Museum.

Execution of 6 Soap Figures – life performance of the shooting soap sculptures for the Ukrainian-Swiss film ‘The Forgotten’, Kyiv, Ukraine. The sculptures created with Uleg Vіnnіchenko.

‘Green Figure’ – cast of the artist body from the epoxy resin at the Q Contemporary Collection, Budapest, Hungary.


"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, Cidade da Cultura, 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, Kyiv, Ukraine
Solo show of aquarelles paintings and sculptures "Swimming in Freedom", in Port Creative Hub, Kyiv
Presentation new sculptural triptych in the group show of Ukrainian avant-garde "Permanent Revolution" in Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Romania
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
Filming of series video performances, School of Political Performance, Kyiv, Ukraine
Performance "Lustration", museum of contemporary art Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine

Presentation of sculptural project "Carpe Diem" in the group show "Marry Me", Museum of the History of Ukraine, Kyiv, 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 Kyiv, Ukraine
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.
Facilitator in Marina Abramovich project "Generator" in Pinchuk Art Centre, Kyiv, 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, Odesa, 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, Kyiv, Ukraine
Presentation of the performative sculpture "Folds" during Kyiv Art Week, Toronto Business Center, Kyiv, Ukraine

"Salt of Earth" [Soma. Replica], total sculptural installation, Arsenal, Kyiv, 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, Kyiv, Ukraine
Start of the performance, social sculpture "The Raft CrimeA", Dnipro River, Kyiv, 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
Sculptural objects, Kyiv Museum of Russian Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine
Performance "Kiss Me", Aids Foundation of Olena Pinchuk, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine

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, Kyiv, Ukraine
Ongoing performance "Flowers of Democracy", Zhovten Cinema, Kyiv, Ukraine; Passage (shopping mall), City Hall, The alley of Greatest Leaders of Dnipropetrovsk, Ex-Library (nowadays center of ultra rights group), Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine; London City, UK
"No Questions/Body and Borders#3″, presentation of project Kulikovska-Shabo in the curatorial show "Philosophy of Migration", Museum of Heritage of Ukraine, Kyiv, 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

"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 Goździewski Kyiv 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.Petersburg, Russia
"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", sculpture 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, Kyiv, Ukraine
"Extrusion", sculptural installation from animal fat in group show "Independent Square", Yarmilov Art Centre, Kharkov, Ukraine

"Marketable Condition", video in special project of Shcherbenko Art Centre for Kyiv Art Fair’2013, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine
"Soma" sculpture, salt, personal project was nominee for the Pinchuk Art Prize 2013, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine
"Untitled", solo show, performance, Bottega Gallery, Kyiv Ukraine
"Madonna with Child", painting, Special project of Vienna Art Fair, Vienna, Austria
RutaRuna Project for young artists from Ukraine and Sweden, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv Ukraine, Sigtuna Folkhogskola, Sigtuna, Sweden
Curator of international feminist camp "FROG", Kerch, Crimea, Ukraine
"Where the wind blows" installation, in group show "Orientation on the Ground", National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
"Army of Clones.2" installation in a group project, "Beautiful", RuArts-Foundation for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
"Untitled" installation in a group project "Introversion", Center of Contemporary Art "M17", Kyiv, Ukraine
Performance in public space (in the showcase gallery wine "Wein & Co"), Uster, Switzerland

"SWEET/SS LIFE" (sweet/swiss life) — personal project, as a winner of the international competition of non-profit organizations AKKU-verein Kunstleratelier, and the Department of Culture in Uster, Zurich, Switzerland
"HOMO BULLA", site-specific personal project, "IZOLATSIA", Donetsk, Ukraine
"Untitled", Third Moscow Biennale of Young Contemporary: "Under the Sun of Tinsel", special project, Moscow, Russia
"Music of the Unextracted Sounds", performance, site-specific project at the Institute of Building Structures and Materials, personal project of the winner of the open competition "In Search of Spaces of Negotation" foundation CSM, a special project of the first Ukrainian Biennale of Contemporary Art "Arsenalle", Kyiv, Ukraine
"Gender", group curatorial project, "IZOLATSIA", Donetsk, Ukraine

"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, "MUHi’2011", Bottega-gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
"Pysanky" feminist protest project (sculptural installations) in the group curatorial project "Collective Dreams", Bottega-gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art, Kyiv, Ukraine

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