Screen Test (Body Scan) is a video filmed in traditional screen test method, but no words are spoken the camera travels across the body, extrapolating parts of the body, a commissioned piece to be shown in a Chinatown massage parlor taking over the entrance screens.
Screen Test (Body Scan) 2013 15' 00"
Behind Closed Doors is a collaboration with the Bohra bookbinders. After countless hours photographing the Bohra Muslims home the doors opened and I was invited in to cook, to engage in conversation over a warm meal. Two hand painted books were created of their homes made with hand loomed cotton Gandhi fabric, created by Gandhi in order bring production back to India.
La Piramide is an installation piece consisting of 240 thin colored wafers hung outside in the patio of a traditional Pueblan home. The Mexican government was expropriating lands from the indigenous that had farmed around the pyramid of Cholula, protests were held, but not even the hands of thousands of people around the pryramid hand in hand could make this happen. La Piramide is an act of protest, where a traditional child's sweet is hung beautifully in a pyramid, immediately destroyed by winds, rain and even hungry birds. The installation was created in September as part of a two person show in Duermevela in Puebla, Mexico.
Dahl Chapati is a video done in collaboration with Rabari woman, an indigenous tribal caste of the desert area in the southern tip of Rajasthan in India. Its the result of helping with daily chores, sharing and preparing meals on a daily basis, an observation of ritual through food. Dahl chapati are the staple foods of any Indian home regardless of your religious background or where you belong in the caste system. The meal transcends the social structure. Dahl Chapati is a small window into a Rabari home, where Gheeta shows us how to make the staple foods of every meal..
Kemeralti Sofrasi is a collaboration with a Turkish artist, a dinner table taken to the streets to share and break bread with passerbys. Two dishes very similar in ingredients and use, but from different continents are created, Pebre from Chile and Ezme from Turkey, both a tomato salsa to be eaten with bread. Documentation of a performative a event that took place on November 2013 in Izmir, Turkey in the immigrant area called Kemeralti.
Sisters Share is a series of six choreographic videos acknowledging the struggles, the strengths, the leaning, the supporting, the in sync movements in order to achieve a moment of silence, of utter trust in each other to shape one movement or form. The costume pieces were hand tailored in India in collaboration with local tailors. The series has six videos in varying durations.
Amuletos is a series of amulets created while exhibiting in Mexico. There is a deep rooted tradition of superstition, good luck charms and amulets in Mexican culture. It is oftened believed that these can provide luck or protect one from the evil eye. Amuletos is a series of eight amulets made with used underwear in different circumstances.
La Exotica is a performance created for an intimate audience. La Exotica embodies the woman and embraces a loss in identity, in an otherness. She uses elements from the kitchen to create movement based on cooking exercises and to whiten herself, on one hand reaching for the colonist nature and on the opposite side grasping elements of Butoh. La Exotica makes her audience cry. Documentation video of an hour long performance.
Espectaculares, is a series of passerby postcards elaborated in Mexico. All images were taken from a car while driving on a roadtrip around Mexico. The images are of billboards for rent, alluding to an illusion of a grand advertisement of some paradise to visit, something grandiose to purchase, a delicious meal to consume, etc. Espectacular in spanish means spectacular and is the name given to large scale billboards in Mexico. Espectaculares is what could be and what is left behind from previous illusions of the market.
There are no secrets.
It's just we thought that they said dead
When they said bread.
- John Cage
Flour is an offering, a moment to share, to break bread. Flour is a performance about construction, destruction, time, connection, primitive beginnings, and ritual. Katiushka will use flour as a base to this action.
Thou didst eat fine flour, honey, and oil,
whence thou becamest beautiful exceedingly
El Pan de Cada Dia (The Daily Bread) is a daily routine, a ritual, an action to share, a community based gesture created while on an artist residency in Veracruz, Mexico. El Pan de Cada Dia is about breaking bread in community. A loaf of bread was made each day and shared with the people of La Antigua, a small riverside village with a population of 963. Each day what is left of the loaf is saved. Thirty days of bread making, each day with a piece of loaf left to decompose and mold, symbolizing the passing of time, a living installation. Bread dates back to at least 30,000 years, forming part of many early civilizations. Most cultures have some form of bread or flat bread as part of their staple cuisine; Armenian lavash, Iranian sangaks, Indian naan or chapati, Mexican tortilla, Middle Eastern pita, Ethiopian injera, Greek psadista, etc. El Pan de Cada Dia (The Daily Bread) uses bread making as a daily gesture, as a historical symbol, as a synonym to nutrition, as a ritual, as an element that that has no social status.
El Pan de Cada Día es una exposición que convoca al gozo de compartir. El pan como un gesto cotidiano. El pan como un elemento histórico. El pan como un sinónimo de alimento. El pan como ritual. El pan que no tiene estándares sociales.
Hago un pan cada día. Es una rutina. Es un rito. Es un acto para compartir. Es un gesto en comunidad.