Maria Leonenko
Independent artist,  feminist.
Engaged in photography, texts, performative and research practices.
In addition to artistic activities, she directs performances and presentations for clients, works on storytelling, design and animation. Together with Ukrainian doctors and scientists, she developed and launched a chatbot for women Solomia.
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Studied graphic design at the Mykhailo Boychuk Kyiv Academy of Decorative and Applied Arts and Design.
ORIGINALLY FROM KYIV.
BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF RUSSIA’S FULL-SCALE WAR AGAINST UKRAINE, Maria LIVED AND WORKED IN KYIV.
Maria’s bullets are made of bread, oil, sugar, salt, pen ink, and ashes, attached to real ones from Kharkiv.

These bullets themselves show the obvious: war is the absorption of resources and lives.
As the war persists, Ukraine cannot care for its agricultural sector, and artists cannot work for anything but the war itself. Through the metaphor of bread as an important resource, the work speaks of the ability to buy more bullets and weapons to defend against the Russian army.
“Bread sniper bullets”
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On the First Night, I stayed at home in Kyiv and equipped the basement of my house as a storage room where my friends spent the night.
In the first week, I found myself in a rural house in the Cherkasy region, where there was no heating. I chopped a lot of wood, and that's how I honed my rage every day.
On the 4th day of the war, I signed up for the local Teroboron and led a women's company, whose tasks were training in medical aid and collecting those willing to donate blood. In parallel, I coordinated the needs of people in Kyiv online and by phone.