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Body and Borders.
Part 4. Heart of a Dog.

Exhibition at Verklighet Gallery, Umea, Sweden, 2015.

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The «Heart of a Dog» exhibition, which was held at Sweden gallery Verklighet in Umea, was the final movement of Kulikovksa-Shabo's common project «Body and Borders». In 2015, according to the results of the students' contest, Jacqueline Shabo won the prize and was able to make the project for the exhibition. She invited Maria Kulikovska to collaborate.

The Swedish artist created the installation-performance on the first floor of the gallery. She baked bread throughout the time, and wrapped in plastic wrap for further its decay. The second floor of the Verklighet Gallery was «occupied» by the Crimean history of Maria Kulikovska. The Ukrainian artist presented a symbiosis her pre- and postmigration life at home in Kerch, using the house video memories, photos from Revolution of Dignity, and also from her life and work in Sweden. Maria Kulikovska painted the floor of the exhibition space with animal's blood. This act of the «new maintenance» created an atmosphere of unrest and fear, in which are living the inhabitants of the occupied territories of Ukraine and for whom the war became a «new everyday». The questions of the immigrations and borders, after all, not only geographic, but also body-social, was the main conflict of the «Heart of a Dog» exhibition. The questions of the borders of the woman's body sound during the all long-term Kulikovska-Shabo project named «Body and Borders».

Maria Kulikovska and Jacqueline Shabo met in the summer of 2013. The artists decided to create a common project, which officially began on January 11, 2014, at the moment of registration of their marriage, and which culminated in March 8, 2017. As part of their collaboration, Kulikovska and Shabo held a marriage-as-performance and organized several exhibitions.

«Body and Borders» is a project about the body, perception of it on the different social, political and cultural levels, opportunities of the body in these complicated hierarchical structures. This project is about borders of the body, about destroying established rules and boundaries, about discussion on its gender, religious, sociocultural, and politically-economical roles.

«Body and Borders» is an open dialogue-manifestation of the woman's body, its status and place in the third-world countries, in zones of conflict, in military territories and in the internal territories - own - also conflict, because was a result of the external devastating cataclysms. This project is about the body of a woman, closed in the standards and harmed under pressure of stereotypes. This project is about non-negotiable questions, their consequences and addressing them.
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