Homo Bulla - Human as Soap Bubble. Replica
Sculptural triptych from ballistic soap. These artworks were nominated for the UK/raine Award, Saatchi Gallery, London, England, 2015. The sculptures are in a collection of Deutsche Telekom in Bonn, Germany.
«Homo Bulla - Human as Soap Bubble. Replica» is a replica of a triptych created in 2012 for the exhibition «Gender» at Izolyatsia Art Centre. The new figures were shown at Saatchi Gallery in London in 2015, where Maria Kulikovska held a performance «Happy Birthday», in which one of the sculptures was smashed with a hammer. This green sculpture has got many scars and gashes. The performance's holding became the personal answer of the artist to events that have happened in the territory of the Izolyatsia Art Centre. In 2014, Kulikovska's sculptures from the series «Homo Bulla - Human as Soap Bubble» and «Army of Clones» were used as targets for shooting by pro-Russian militants in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Soon after the exhibition at Saatchi Gallery and the performance «Happy Birthday», Maria Kulikovska was invited to have a solo exhibition at Art Represent platform, which supports conflict-affected artists from around the world. On 9 May of 2016, the first solo exhibition of Maria Kulikovska named «9th of May» was opened at Art Represent in London. These soap sculptures became part of this exhibition and the performance, during which the artist flooded the green figure with blood.
After the «9th of May» exhibition and exhibited at Królikarnia Palace in Warsaw, the sculpture triptych «Homo Bulla - Human as Soap Bubble. Replica» was acquired in the art collection of Deutsche Telekom. All three damaged soap figures-copies of Kulikovska's body were installed in the main office of Deutsche Telekom AG in Bonn.