The initial impulse to create costume installation KODA emerged from the perceived connotational links between women and capital, matriarchy and heritage. A vision of thousands of windows on urban skyscrapers made of steel and glass reflecting on chest of an indigineos tribal woman wearing the traditional sacred jewellery. A hundred years ago the Mari, Udmurt and Setu women wore their capital – the silver coins and glass beams – on their garments as a demonstration of wealth and social status. At the same time the jewellery operated as a secret spell, a protective shield against dark and unknown forces which were reflected back from the metal surfaces. The costume installation KODA is an experimental costume installation that creates a space for dialogue between community, capital, heritage and inheritance.


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