Alcaston Gallery in partnership with curator Grace Partridge of Antidote Organisation are thrilled to present a solo exhibition by Kawita Vatanajyankur in November 2018. The exhibition will present a continuation of Kawita's commissioned work for the inaugural Bangkok Biennale.
Thai-Australian artist Kawita Vatanajyankur's work has been described as "alluring, thought-provoking and centred on making visible the invisible workforce with an acute sense of social justice”. Vatanajyankur creates works that offer a powerful examination of the psychological, social and cultural ways of viewing and valuing the continuing challenges of women’s everyday labour. In her staged performances, Vatanajyankur undertakes physical experiments that playfully, often painfully, test her body’s limits - a challenge that is both unavoidably compelling and uncomfortable to watch. The alluring, luminous colours in Vatanajyankur’s work are distinctive of the artists' aesthetic and tap into a globalized and digitally networked visual language of consumption and instant gratification.
About Antidote and Grace Partridge
Antidote is an online platform at the intersection of art and social change that believes in the world-changing power of storytelling. Through a series of artist features and curated programs, they bring together the best creative minds in a conversation about issues as diverse as climate change, gender equality and the refugee crisis. Their digital storytelling is brought to life through a series of exhibitions in pop-up spaces and major visual art Institutions alike, featuring emerging to established contemporary artists whose work provides an alternative frame of reference for important world issues.
Caption details: Kawita Vatanajyankur, The Scale of Justice, 2016, from Machinized, single channel HD video, 2:32 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Nova Contemporary Bangkok and Alamak! Project / Clear Edition & Gallery, Tokyo.
BETTY KUNTIWA PUMANI WITH NGUPULYA PUMANI + TUPPY GOODWIN: Malaku Angkupai Antaraku: Always returning to Antara
Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present a powerful exhibition of new paintings by Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, alongside the work of her older sister Ngupulya Pumani, and their fellow senior cultural woman Tuppy Goodwin.
Betty Kuntiwa Pumani was born in the bush to mother Kunmanara (Milatjari) Pumani and father Sam Pumani near Perentie Bore, thirty kilometres from Mimili Community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) of far north South Australia. Her grandparents on her mother’s side were King Everard (Nyapi) and Mantjangka Everard. Her father’s country is near Watarru and her mother’s country is Antara. Today Betty and her older sister Ngupulya Pumani are custodians of Antara and its associated Dreamings.
Recognised for her startling use of vibrant red, contrasting whites and intense cobalt blues within serpentine large-scale visionary compositions, Betty Pumani’s extraordinary rise in the Australian contemporary art world has been well recognised with successive wins of both the 2015 and 2016 General Painting Award of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin. In 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Ngupulya Pumani is a senior Anangu woman who is committed to fostering traditional law and culture in her community. She began painting in 2009 with the Mimili Maku Arts Centre. Pumani is recognised for her deep cultural knowledge, portrayed with intricate detail and intense luminous palettes. In 2017 she was a finalist in the prestigious Wynne prize and her work is held in major collections throughout Australia and abroad.
Tuppy Goodwin’s colourful contemporary paintings depict her country with fluid brushstrokes, bold colour and textural detail. Goodwin is married to fellow Mimili artist Mumu Mike Williams, and her work is held in several major public and private collections.
The dynamic work of these three strong women has been brought together to create a bold and diverse exhibition of contemporary indigenous art from the APY lands, South Australia.
Image: Betty Pumani, Antara 2017 (AK21109) synthetic polymer paint on linen 197 x 197 cm
RAY KEN, FREDDY KEN, BRENTON KEN and ANWAR YOUNG
Alcaston Gallery is excited to present an exhibition of new paintings by prominent and celebrated Tjala artist Ray Ken, together with Brenton Ken, Freddy Ken and a striking installation of handcrafted kulata (spears) by emerging artist Anwar Young.
With lively use colour and movement the artists have created sophisticated and contemporary works inspired by the APY landscape and history, showcasing their artistic virtuosity and rich cultural heritage.
The works presented in this exhibition reference the Kulata Tjuta Project which was established in 2010 at Tjala Arts by Ray Ken, Mick Wikilyiri, Frank Young, and the late Kunmanara Wangin, Kunmanara Tiger and Hector Burton. The Kulata Tjuta Project celebrates the deep importance of traditional spear making in Anangu culture and continues to inspire the daily life of the artists and their work, enabling the senior men to teach the emerging young leaders.
All four artists are highly respected for the profound cultural knowledge reflected in their practice, and the dynamic works have been brought together to create a bold and diverse exhibition of contemporary art from the APY Lands.e.
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