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After Death Will Come Life.

Visualization of the future pregnant Figure on the bank of Suomenlinnal island, ex-military-fortress in Helsinki, Finland. Planned to be installed in the spring/summer of 2023.

During our new life on the ex-military fortress island, not so far away from Russia, with hearts full of fear and anger, waiting every second for the news of the victory, hoping to have our own home again, hoping to never hear about death, and believing in life and future, we would love to install and present on the island a 'Pregnant Figure' from the future series 'After death will come Life', a sculpture of a pregnant female body [3-d scan from pregnant Maria made 5 months before full-scale invasion by russia into Ukraine] under the skin of which are shells from the bullets from the war zone and flowers. The 'Pregnant Figure' we hope to install in front of one of the cannons, facing the horizon. This will be a new chapter in our life – a pregnant cast of us, representing hope and the life that will come after death. The installation processes will be documented as performance on film.

Maria Kulikovska's residency is realized in the context of the Ukraine Solidarity Residencies program. The current partners of the program are AARK, Connecting Points program, Fairres, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Goethe-Institut Finnland, HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, Loviisa Art Support Association, Nelimarkka Museum, Pro Artibus, The Finnish Artists' Studio Foundation, The Finnish Illustration Association Kuvittajat, Tohmajärvi Residency and Saari Residence maintained by Kone Foundation.