KAWITA Vatanajyankur





In these most recent works, Vatanajyankur’s body becomes particular machines and processes used within the manufacture of textiles – she is a skein of fibres dipped into red dye; she is a spinning wheel creating thread; and she is a shuttle, weaving fabric on a loom.  

This suite of videos is Vatanajyankur's physical manifestation of manual labour processes often undertaken by women in Thailand. These actions are presented through the double-lens of a hyper-coloured formal composition and a study into the physical abilities/vulnerabilities of the body, combining as works that provoke questions of labour, consumption, feminism and the artist's lived experience.

(Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand Commission)

                                                      The Spinning Wheel, 2 Channels Video, 2018























                                                                                            Dye, Video Still, 2018














                                                                                                                       Shuttle, Video Still, 2018













                                                                                                                  Untangled, Video Still, 2018




2012 - Present


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 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. It is telling, for instance, that she describes her performances as “meditation postures”, when such gruelling tests of resilience and fear are quite the opposite of what we might think of now as zen. But, for Vatanajyankur, extreme physical endurance offers a way to free herself from her mind: a mechanism to lose her sense of being. This deliberate objectification, she says, turns her body into sculpture.


                                                                                The Robes, Video Still, 2014

                                                                              The Dustpan, Video Still, 2014

                                                                                  The Scale, Video Still, 2015

                                                                           Scale of Justice, Video Still, 2016





























      Carrier I (Australian Centre for Photography Commission), Video Still, 2017                                                                


                                                                                       The Lift, Video Still, 2017


                                                                                                     The Carrying Pole, Video Still, 2015

                                                                                                                 Squeezers, Video Still, 2015

                                                                                                         The Ice Shaver, Video Still, 2013

                                                                                                                   Colander, Video Still, 2017

                                                                                                              The Basket, Video Still, 2014

                                                                                                             The Scale 2, Video Still, 2015

                                                                                                                     Poured, Video Still, 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Eggs Holder, Video Still, 2016                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                    Soaked, Video Still, 2013


                                                                                       Wet Rag, video still, 2012 


                                                                                                             Onto Fabrics2, Video Still, 2012






Splashed is a new approach towards a different artistic practice as it rather focuses on commenting the modified lies, modification and manipulations behind consumerism. Packages of food are printed and painted with surrealistic happy characters and graphics, bright and colorful logos, as well as idealistic and perfect shapes and colors of meat covering the truth behind the untold, unreachable, unseen stories of exploitations, violence and disturbance.


                                                                          Carrier II, Video Still, 2017


                                                                                        Big Fish in a Small Pond, Video Still, 2017





                                                                      Onto Fabrics1, video still, 2012

                  Onto Fabrics3, video still, 2012 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Box, video still, 2011



                                       Market Series, documentation of performance, 2011


                                                                                    Sand, video still, 2011



                       Talk, video still, 2011


                                                                                   Walk, video still, 2010