U R O D A
published by Domenico Kang
30 October. 2020
URODA means both 'Goddess of Agriculture & ploughed land' in Slavic paganism, and equally translates as the word 'ugly' in the Russian language.
This is a short performance film centred around our issue of ecological crisis; humanity’s overwhelming of the natural resources of the planet and the industrial world has affected not only the health of us and the planet but the psyche and psychology of what it means to be alive, the quality of life and how we live.
Our world is fighting constantly, fighting to stay alive.
In this short, the goddess of agriculture, 'Uroda' is presented in a host of natural landscapes which are essential to human consumption and utility - the farmed field, the woodland forest, the power cables and crop fields. But where the crops should rise strong, they wilt and perish; the forest is isolated of woodland life, the ploughed field is barren, and the forest wood tarnished.
Uroda draws parallels between the human body and the surrounding environment. How the female presence is both mother nature embodied, and a symbol for the interconnectedness of everything; our human roots in nature, how we are made of the environment and the land around us, how we survive from it - to display how inseparable the two are, we cannot survive one without the other. We, as a species, cannot survive without our plane