Informed by her family history of exile and constant wandering, Virgile Ittah's work explores the notion of isolation, nostalgia and the impossibility of return. This investigation is wrought through an attempt to explore the body as a territory upon which questions about the nature of subjective experience and the workings of the psyche, can be perceived and described.
The material choices Ittah makes and the processes she selects are critical to her 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 of the subject.
Her probing of the spaces between subject and object, corporeal and imaginative truth, points the viewer to socio-political questions about control and power. Such questions are explored in relation to assimilation into Western society and a forced state of alterity; of falling between national and cultural identities.
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.
Hus Gallery, London, UK, solo exhibition; collaboration with Hitomi Kai Yoda
Bosse and Baume Gallery, London, UK., solo exhibition; collaboration with Hitomi Kai Yoda
Activism and Inactivism, group exhibition, University of Roehampton, London, UK,curated by Jack Tan, May 2014
New Order II, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Young Gods,Charlie Smith gallery, Griffin Gallery, London, UK.
In the Flesh, OBS Gallery, Tonbridge School, Kent, UK ; collaboration with Hitomi Kai Yoda
Catlin guide 2014, London, UK
New Sensations 2013, Victoria House, Bloomsbury, London, UK.
'The Open West', group show, Cheltenham art gallery + museum, UK,
in collaboration with Hitomi Kai Yoda. 12/10-06/11/2013
'The Open West', group show, Newark Park, Gloucestshire, Uk,
in collaboration with Hitomi Kai Yoda. 6/07-18/08/2013
'RCA Show', Royal college of art, London, UK. 20-30/06/2013
Camera Clara Prize, Gallery UPP, Paris, France
‘Inspiring Matter’, Gulbenkian Gallery, London, UK.
‘Fair’, Edinburgh college of art, Edinburgh, UK.
" The death in art ", Transart Express, Paris, France.
Group show, Astarte Gallery, Paris, France
" Gynecée d'été ", Rachi space, Paris, France.
‘Lost through memory’, Facade Gallery, Paris, France.
"Tabl'eaux", UNO, Palace of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Group show, D.I.T, Aix en Provence, France
Camera Clara prize, 2nd prize, France
Long listed for Anthology 2013, Charlie Smith Gallery, London, UK.
MA, Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London
MA, Photography, Spéos, Paris
Exhibition 8th January - 07th February 2014
Young Gods curated by Zavier Ellis.
Griffin gallery, London
and Charlie Smith Gallery, London
New Order II
New Order II: British art today
Exhibition 24th January - 23rd March 2014
Saatchi Gallery, London
Catlin Guide 2014
Selected for the Catlin Guide 2014,
curated by Justin Hammond
available from mid-January 2014.
London Art Fair 2014
15th - 19th January 2014
100 London Artists
100 London Artists Volume 2
iArtBook by Zavier Ellis & Edward Lucie-Smith,
available from mid-January 2014.