Virgile Ittah and Hitomi Kai Yoda
Virgile Ittah is informed by her family history of exile and constant wandering. Ittah’s work explores notions of isolation, nostalgia and the impossibility of return. This investigation is wrought through the exploration of the body as a territory upon which questions of subjective experience and the workings of the psyche can be perceived and described.
Material and process are critical to Ittah’s approach and to the intended reading of the work; wax functions as a means to explore the alteration of the body and the consequences of this changed state on our perception. The notion of ‘complete installation’, in which the viewer becomes part of and alters the work as a constant performance, is fundamental to her practice. In creating full site specific installations and in altering the space, the work aims to blur the boundaries between the past and the present, fantasy and reality.
Hitomi Kai Yoda practice is a meditation on the nature of power and control within human relations, playing with various levels of clarity in relation to the image/object and the viewer. Within Yoda’s practice, language and images/objects are harnessed as tools/forms of communication.
He is especially interested in moments of flux; the shift, or death, of a certain notion of identity, authority, or linear continuity. Issues associated with in-betweenness is addressed in relation to hybrid identities through moments of physical and psychological shifts. He is continuously searching for the balance between a human presence and the surroundings, through material that is found and used in daily life. He is interested in the materials’ behaviour in relation to intention and error, and would like to explore this further through his new body of work in the form of an installation.
Virgile and Hitomi's work is featured in Elbow Room Vol Five