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OHII KATYA

MORULA, 2022

CURATED BY

STEFANIA PLAZA MORA

AT PIANO ZERO

Site-specific installation, including sculptures, video, performance, and sound.

 

Click here to listen to the sound

SOUND DESIGN

MICHELE PAPA

 

DIRECTOR  OF BALIA

FINN O’HANLON

 

1st ASSISTAND DIRECTOR

GABRIELLA TRULLI

 

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS:

OLEKSANDR RADOMSKYI

STEFANIA PLAZA MORA

TILDE KAY SNYDER

DAMIANO TATA

NIKA VARLAMOVA

FLAMINIA MAURA

 

 

FUNDED AND SUPPORTED BY

OLEKSANDER RADOMSKYI

AND STEFANIA PLAZA MORA

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Morula is one of the early stages of gestation which pertains to most living creatures. The term, morula, derives from the Latin morus (mulberry) because of the cells' clustered structure.

Each organism undergoes a series of metamorphoses during its life cycle, returning to its origin in the end, dying, and being reborn as something new.

 

Ohii's site-specific installation is a dark dive into instinctive desire and intense, even violent processes of metamorphosis.

 

In her first solo exhibition at the off-site temporary space Piano Zero, an ex-carpentry workshop, and grocery store, Katya Ohii explores the themes of transformation of an entity, linked to the ancient symbol of the Right-hand and Left-hand Path.


Ohii’s research delves into the left-hand path—fast, often brutal, and dangerous to the life and mental health of the individual.

BALIA (performance), shoot during Ohii Katya’s solo show MORULA, 2022, PH Patrizio Gentile

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In more recent definitions, based on the terms' origins in Indian Tantra, the Right-Hand Path and the Left-Hand Path adopt opposite attitudes but have the same goal in the end.

Opposed to the Right-hand Path, the Left-hand Path is often painful and abrupt, but most accessible and familiar for the majority in the ever-accelerating modern world.

MORULA occupied 64 square meters of space in total.

It consisted of eleven sculptural objects, one massive wooden structure, splashing out to the corridor, sound installation, and video and performance.​

The exhibition path is circular.

The first room is filled with hybrid creatures in the process of formation.

Fluid and erotic, they are fetuses in the gestation phase with both artificial and organic features, uncanny and attractive at the same time.

Here we find soft, nocturnal lighting to symbolize the darkness before birth.

Then, we move forward to the massive 20-square-meter wooden structure—the installation MORULA that embodies the Path of the Right and Left hands, a fork between internal moral choices.

The fallen branches for MORULA were taken from three different forests in Rome and covered with caramel, which was constantly melting and transforming during the exhibition, accompanied by the sound design by Michele Papa, which was specially created for the MORULA installation.

At the end of the exposition, we meet the Mother—BALIA—the personification of the return to the origin.

The soft sculpture, made of metal wires, styrofoam rolls, and IV fluid solution bags filled with soy milk, was a central object and hosted the performer inside its body.

This performance, which took place during the week of the exhibition, resulted in a short film in collaboration with Australian artist and director Finn O’Hanlon.

The video work and performance BALIA acts to summarize the main conceptual essence of the exhibition. This work depicts the borderline state of an entity going through a metamorphosis, an intense and dangerous experience that causes the rapid evolution of consciousness.


Text by Stefania Plaza Mora

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BALIA (video still), directed by finn o'hanlon

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BALIA (performance), took place during Ohii Katya’s solo show MORULA, 2022, PH Patrizio Gentile

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BALIA (soft sculpture), 2022, IV fluid solution bags, soy milk, styrofoam rolls, metal wire, red light, PH Danielle Allegritti

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BALIA (performance), took place during Ohii Katya’s solo show MORULA, 2022, PH Tilde Kay Snyder

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MORULA (installation), 2022, branches, cork, burned sugar, metal wire, fabric, LED lights, 425x776x377 cm, PH Patrizio Gentile

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BALIA (video still), directed by finn o'hanlon

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BALIA (video still), directed by finn o'hanlon

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BALIA (performance), took place during Ohii Katya’s solo show MORULA, 2022, PH Tilde Kay Snyder

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BALIA (performance), took place during Ohii Katya’s solo show MORULA, 2022, PH Patrizio Gentile

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BALIA (performance), took place during Ohii Katya’s solo show MORULA, 2022, PH Tilde Kay Snyder

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BALIA (video still), directed by finn o'hanlon

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BALIA (video still), directed by finn o'hanlon

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BALIA (performance), took place during Ohii Katya’s solo show MORULA, 2022, PH Tilde Kay Snyder

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BALIA (performance), took place during Ohii Katya’s solo show MORULA, 2022, PH Patrizio Gentile

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MORULA (installation), 2022, branches, cork, burned sugar, metal wire, fabric, LED lights, 425x776x377 cm, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

THE PET (sculpture, installation view), 2022, spine, carbonized sugar, metal wire, 50x35x20 cm, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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MORULA (installation), 2022, branches, cork, burned sugar, metal wire, fabric, LED lights, 425x776x377 cm, PH Daniele Allegritti

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MORULA (installation), 2022, branches, cork, burned sugar, metal wire, fabric, LED lights, 425x776x377 cm, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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BASTET (sculpture), 2021, metal armature, epoxy resin, pigment, plastic, lacquer, rope, 70x140x85 cm, PH Daniele Allegritti

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BASTET (sculpture), 2021, metal armature, epoxy resin, pigment, plastic, lacquer, rope, 70x140x85 cm, PH Daniele Allegritti

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BASTET (sculpture), 2021, metal armature, epoxy resin, pigment, plastic, lacquer, rope, 70x140x85 cm, PH Daniele Allegritti

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BASTET (sculpture), 2021, metal armature, epoxy resin, pigment, plastic, lacquer, rope, 70x140x85 cm, PH Daniele Allegritti

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KOLYSKA (sculpture, detail), 2022, beeswax, latex tubes, resin, tree root, dried flower, wooden dust, 50x55x67 cm, PH Patrizio Gentile

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KOLYSKA (sculpture, detail), 2022, beeswax, latex tubes, resin, tree root, dried flower, wooden dust, 50x55x67 cm, PH Patrizio Gentile

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THE PET (sculpture, installation view), 2022, spine, carbonized sugar, metal wire, 50x35x20 cm, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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MORULA (installation), 2022, branches, cork, burned sugar, metal wire, fabric, LED lights, 425x776x377 cm, PH Daniele Allegritti

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MORULA (installation), 2022, branches, cork, burned sugar, metal wire, fabric, LED lights, 425x776x377 cm, PH Daniele Allegritti

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SANGUE DEL DRAGO (sculpture), 2022, tree root, burned sugar, 45x150x110cm,

PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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SANGUE DEL DRAGO (sculpture), 2022, tree root, burned sugar, 45x150x110cm,

PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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LA MORTE (sculpture), 2022, , silicone, pigments, glass spheres, papier-mâché, palm tree, wooden dust, bones, metal wire, epoxy glue, 65x50x100 cm, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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LA MORTE (sculpture), 2022, , silicone, pigments, glass spheres, papier-mâché, palm tree, wooden dust, bones, metal wire, epoxy glue, 65x50x100 cm, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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IL NUTRIMENTO (sculpture), 2022, , silicone, pigments, glass spheres, papier-mâché, palm tree, wooden dust, bones, metal wire, epoxy glue, 50x45x105 cm, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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IL NUTRIMENTO (sculpture), 2022, , silicone, pigments, glass spheres, papier-mâché, palm tree, wooden dust, bones, metal wire, epoxy glue, 50x45x105 cm, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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MORULA (installation, corridor), 2022, branches, metal wire, LED lights, 350x155x377 cm,

PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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MORULA (installation, corridor), 2022, branches, metal wire, LED lights, 350x155x377 cm,

PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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KOLYSKA III (sculpture), 2022, beeswax, liquid latex, latex tubes, machine oil, engine, tree branch, wooden dust, variable dimensions, PH  Daniele Allegritti

KOLYSKA III (sculpture), 2022, beeswax, liquid latex, latex tubes, machine oil, engine, tree branch, wooden dust, variable dimensions, PH  Daniele Allegritti

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KOLYSKA (sculpture, detail), 2022, beeswax, latex tubes, resin, tree root, dried flower, wooden dust, 50x55x67 cm, PH Patrizio Gentile

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KOLYSKA II (sculpture), 2022, silicone, pigments, latex tubes, latex elastic band, resin, lacquer, tree branch, wooden dust, 65x90x35 cm, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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KOLYSKA II (sculpture), 2022, silicone, pigments, latex tubes, latex elastic band, resin, lacquer, tree branch, wooden dust, 65x90x35 cm, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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PUPPY (sculpture), 2022, resin, latex tubes, black pigment, lacquer, wooden dust, 20x10x16 cm, PH Daniele Allegritti

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KOLYSKA (sculpture, detail), 2022, beeswax, latex tubes, resin, tree root, dried flower, wooden dust, 50x55x67 cm, PH Daniele Allegritti

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KOLYSKA II (sculpture), 2022, silicone, pigments, latex tubes, latex elastic band, resin, lacquer, tree branch, wooden dust, 65x90x35 cm, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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KOLYSKA II (sculpture), 2022, silicone, pigments, latex tubes, latex elastic band, resin, lacquer, tree branch, wooden dust, 65x90x35 cm, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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MORULA (installation), 2022, branches, cork, burned sugar, metal wire, fabric, LED lights, 425x776x377 cm, PH Daniele Allegritti

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MORULA (installation), 2022, branches, cork, burned sugar, metal wire, fabric, LED lights, 425x776x377 cm, PH Daniele Allegritti

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IL RISVEGLIO (sculpture), 2022, , silicone, pigments, glass spheres, papier-mâché, palm tree, wooden dust, bones, metal wire, epoxy glue, 55x20x25 cm, PH Daniele Allegritti

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SANGUE DEL DRAGO I (sculpture), 2022, roots, burned sugar, metal chain, variable dimensions, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi

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SANGUE DEL DRAGO I (sculpture), 2022, roots, burned sugar, metal chain, variable dimensions, PH Oleksandr Radomskyi