Homo Bulla. Replica in Hyndlian's House-Museum
Display of sculpture at the group exhibition of the Deutsche Telekom collection, organized by Office For Art and Cultural Capital in Hyndlian's House-Museum. Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2019.
"Homo Bulla" refers to an old Latin proverb expressing that the human existence is like a bubble. The human being in all its fragility and transience might become compared to a beautiful but fugacious soap bubble. The three figures-copies of Maria Kulikovska's body were made from colored soap and have been casted from her own body.
In 2012, Maria Kulikovska had realized a similar series of these translucent bodies, which are mysteriously shining, like precious gems from their inner core. They where installed on the site of a former factory for insulation materials in Donetsk, Ukraine. The area of the abandoned buildings was home to the Izolyatsia Art Centre, which focused on promoting and giving a home to contemporary art in the former heavy industries region in the Eastern part of Ukraine and is now active in exile in Kyiv.
The soap sculptures were placed outside and exposed to rain, heat and weather. The process of change and partly, but continuous dissolution of the materials by nature, was stopped abruptly by violence. In June 2014, militia of the Donetsk People's Republic seized the territory. Most of the artworks and facilities were vandalized and the sculptures were used for target practicing.
The three newly produced sculptures from the "Homo Bulla" series were shown in 2015 at the Saatchi Gallery in London, where the artist realized her performance Happy Birthday. She entered the exhibition space naked and hit her own sculpture and casted body with a hammer. The deep wounds and scars stay visible on the green sculpture.
After the exhibition these three soap figures from the triptych "Homo Bulla. Replica" at the Saatchi Gallery in London and Kulikovska's "Happy Birthday" performance, the artist received an invitation from the British cultural organization Art Represent to do her first solo exhibition in London. This cultural institution works only for the presentation and promotion of art and artists from conflict areas. On May 9, 2016, Maria Kulikovska opened her first solo exhibition "9th of May" one of the most alternative areas of London - Bethnal Green. During artist's solo exhibition, she presented her soap sculptures "Homo Bulla. Replica" and made unexpected performances with her sculptures again: she doused with blood already beaten green sculpture, full of deep scars from a hammer after her performance "Happy Birthday".
After Maria Kulikovska's solo exhibition in London her sculptural triptych "Homo Bulla. Replica" was bought by Deutsche Telekom bought for their art collection. All three damaged soap figures were installed in the main office of the Deutsche Telekom corporation in Bonn, Germany.