NONGGIRRNGA MARAWILI 2018
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.
Kawita Vatanajyankur’s exploration of everyday and domestic work is particularly telling of her Thai homeland. A place where, for many, daily chores aren’t always assisted by electronic contraptions or white goods but are instead - time-consuming, physically exhausting, and often the task of women. The videos’ happy, day-glow colours, dark humour and undercurrents of violence, however, bring a universality and contemporary currency to the historical trajectory of feminist art.
Kawita Vatanajyankur has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally, and in 2017 she was awarded a residency at Dunedin Public Art Gallery in New Zealand. In 2018 her work was presented at Chaos and Order, 120 years of collecting at RMIT at RMIT Gallery in Melbourne,Traverse Vidéo Festival in Toulouse, France, Spring Break Art Show in New York, MeCA l Media Culture in Asia: A Transnational Platform at Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan and recently at Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. In September 2018, Alcaston Gallery presented work by Kawita Vatanajyankur at the prestigious Sydney Contemporary 18.