KAWITA VATANAJYANKUR: PERFORMING TEXTILES
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 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, Dye, 2018, Still from HD Video, Single Channel, 7:30 minutes, Edition of 4 + 3AP. Courtesy of the artist and Nova Contemporary, Bangkok and Alamak! Project!/ Clear Edition Gallery, Tokyo
Sea Change, Tree Change, Changing Together
Sea Change, Tree Change is a play on the senior generation often changing lifestyles by moving to the sea or country, however now addressing the realisation that this privilege may not be available to their grandchildren and subsequent generations due to climate change, pollution and extinguished sea and land life.
“Changing together” as outlined recently by Sir David Attenborough at the UN Climate Change Summit in Poland is the theme for artists to show their world now and to make a statement to work towards what they can do to improve or change habits regarding climate change. Issues like drought and rising temperatures as contributors of climatic change has been ongoing since the industrial revolution worldwide, but for many Indigenous artists, the pollution of precious waters of the sea and desert inland country caused by migration and development has now reached a critical period in time. For instance, artists from Pormpuraaw in far north Queensland are devastated to find plastic in the stunning waters off the coast is now being eaten by turtles thinking it is a jelly fish and the twine from over fishing the waters eaten by larger fish.