«Let Me Say: It's Not Forgotten» is a video performance of Maria Kulikovska, which was based on the real incidents of 2014 in Donetsk. On 9 June, a group of pro-Russian terrorists shot at soap sculptures of Kulikovska, which were exhibited at Izolyatsia Art Centre. The art center was captured and looted by the DPR militants.
The conflict of national borders by war appeared on Kulikovska's performance practice. The artist researches the boundaries of her own freedom in the context of conflict and her position as woman-artist. The constant replication and destruction of the sculptural copies of Kulikovska's own body are the attempts to record the research of collective and individual borders. The Crimean artist is very activist, she makes feminist-queer and political actions and performances, which became the decisive moment in the relationship between Maria Kulikovska and agressor country: Kulikovska was placed on the list of banned artists in Russia.
On 9th June of 2019, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary from the date of the execution of Kulikovska's sculptures by militants during occupation of Izolyatsia Art Centre in Donetsk, Maria Kulikovska made the video performance, in which she shot up the sculptures-casts of her body. This performance took place in one of Kyiv's parks, near the artist's house. This video premiered in the queer-festival «The Present is not Enough» in the hall of HAU in Berlin.
Videomaker: Alina Gontar.
Production: School of Political Performance (SPP).
Through the support of HAU, Berlin, Germany.
Special thanks to Uleg, Mykyta and 4 strong men.