KNIT - THE LIVE PERFORMANCE
Solo Exhibition as part of the Bangkok Art Biennale
The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Launch 11th January 2019
Performance dates: Every Saturdays of January 2019
'Knit' is Vatanajyankur’s first live performance work produced for the Bangkok Art Biennale, as a site-specific work at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel. Although the performance component of this work is a part of her ongoing series of illuminating videos entitled ‘Performing Textiles’, this particular iteration involves the audience, who will become active participants in her performance. As 'Performing Textiles' highlights the current world of consumption, consumerism and materialism; a world where we place higher value on objects rather than the workers and laborers behind the finished product -- the message of her work is clear. Human beings become undervalued and viewed as merely tools and even machines - that produce packages of food, clothes and other materials for us to consume. In this sense, Vatanajyankur's performance of 'Knit' will bring together a number of players to observe what happens when incongruent forces participate, (willingly or not) in the performance space. The work will bring together the ‘producer’ (the artist) and the ‘consumers’ (the audience) to present a microcosmic representation of society at large and will ask prescient questions about our complicity through inaction.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Dunedin, New Zealand
May 5 - August 26, 2018
In late 2017, Vatanajyankur spent six weeks in Dunedin as part of the Gallery’s Visiting Artist Programme. With earlier works examining textiles industries and industrialised work processes within Thailand, her residency saw her expand this interest with research into New Zealand wool production. 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.
A Visiting Artist Project supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and Project Partner Dunedin School of Art
ABSURDITY IN PARADISE
Opening: Thursday, August 30, 2018, 7pm
Exhibition: 31.08. - 28.10.2018
Curated by Pichaya Suphavanij (Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre Head of Exhibition)
For 25 years the Kasseler Kunstverein has been showing its exhibitions in the Museum Fridericianum. On the occasion of this anniversary, we are pleased to be able to show an unique selection of Thailand’s contemporary art on a multiple of our usual exhibition space.
Absurdity in Paradise plays with the paradox of Thailand as a paradisiacal place of yearnings. With video and media works, photographs and spacious installations, thirteen contemporary Thai artists illuminate the fracture points of present-day Thailand. Pixelated uniforms, dancing fabrics and golden tears are among their approaches in dealing with central themes such as tradition, monarchy, religion, society and mankind.
Alisa Chunchue, Arin Rungjang, Ekachai Eksaroj, Harit Srikhao, Kanich Khajohnsri, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Nuttapon Sawasdee, Paphonsak La-or, Pratchaya Phinthong, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Sakarin Krue-on, Somboon Hormtientong.
THE SCALE OF JUSTICE
Solo Exhibition (As part of OzAsia Festival)
Big Screens at Adelaide Festival Centre & Nexus Gallery /Lion Arts Centre
23 October - 11 November 2018
NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL x MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY
2018 - 2019
Billboard at Melbourne University
Peter Hall Building
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