Photo reportage from the exhibition 'No History of Its Own' by Ittah Yoda at apiece

August 12, 2021
Author Echo Gone Wrong

Rupert centre for art, residencies and education and apiece — a window gallery in the centre of Vilnius — are pleased to present the work by a duo Kai Yoda and Virgile Ittah.

For their exhibition at apiece, the duo presenting one of their sculptures created during their residency at Rupert, in the framework of a dialogue with the participants of Rupert’s Alternative Education Programme. The collaborative sculptural installation introducing the idea referred by the artists to as “the right to make reality”, while changing in the course of the show.

But like with any right, “right to make reality” is highly susceptible to the contextual fluctuations. As much as we would like to crystalise an unchangeable, pure set of rights grounding the foundations of reality, we must admit that universal singularity is merely a tempting fantasy.

The reality, just like locally sourced beeswax that Ittah Yoda is experimenting with, is an impure collective effort. More than that — it is an impure collective effort guided by multiple forces that often evades taxonomic desires of the human mind.

One of those elusive forces is the unconscious that is one of Virgile and Kai’s source of inspiration. And as, according to Franco “Bifo” Berardi, we enter the era third unconscious, marked by the withdrawal from overwhelming complexities and hegemonic rule of the world, it seems that the mind itself seeks for relief through collectivity and richness of organic materiality.

Ittah Yoda (Germany/France/Japan) is a duo formed by Kai Yoda and Virgile Ittah, based between Berlin, Paris and Tokyo. The artists come from diverse backgrounds, and they have developed their artistic identity through digitally enabled cross-cultural creative collaborations. Focused on a strong interest in the unconscious, insecurity, and anxiety, the therapeutic relation between Ittah and Yoda leads to a potential new understanding of the self through re-enactment of trauma and repetitive behaviour patterns. They raise questions such as: is it possible to fuse multiple unconsciousness in order to create new collective experiences and forms, regardless of their origins?

Rupert at apiece
Address: M.K Čiurlionio st., Vilnius,

The exhibition can be viewed 24/7.

In partnership with the French Institute in Lithuania.
Rupert’s activities are supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture.

Thank you: Milena Cerniakaite & Ausra Trakselyte, Rupert’s Alternative Education Programme’s participants, Liza Miseikyte, Violetta Pilecka, Nerijus Keblys & Mantas Rimkus (Taktika Studio)

Photography: Laurynas Skeisgiela