KAWITA Vatanajyankur


Kawita Vatanajyankur

Born: Bangkok, Thailand, 1987


Kawita is represented by:

Clear Edition Gallery - Tokyo, Japan

Alamak! Project - Tokyo, Japan

Nova Contemporary - Bangkok, Thailand

Antidote Organisation - Australia



2011 Graduated with Distinction from Bachelor of Art, Fine Art (Painting), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

2005 Completed RMIT Art and Design Foundation Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia 


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Performing Textiles, 'The Cube' Space, Mosman Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2018 The Balancing Act (Curated by Antidote), Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

2018 Kawita Vatanajyankur (as part of the book launch), Anantara Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

2018 Performing Textiles (Part II), Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2018  The Scale of Justice, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, Australia

2018 Performing Textiles, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand

2018 Squeezers, Flint Institute of Arts: Fleckenstein Video Gallery, Michigan, USA

2018 The Scale 2, Flint Institute of Arts: Fleckenstein Video Gallery, Michigan, USA

2018 Kawita Vatanajyankur, Kuiper Project, Brisbane, Australia 

2017 Splashed, Nova Contemporary, Bangkok, Thailand

2016 Work, Clear Edition & Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 

2016 Machinized, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2015 Tools, The Jam Factory, Bangkok, Thailand  

2015 The Carrying Pole, Screen Space, Melbourne, Australia  

2015 Work, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia 

2014 Play, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

2014 The Ice Shaver, Sencus Luoghi per l'Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

2013 The Ice Shaver, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne, Australia

2013 Tools, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

2012  Domesticated, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne, Australia 

2012 Body and Elements, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

2011 Walking on Water, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Here be Dragons 1/3: Because We're Worth It, Centre d'art de la Maison Populaire, France

2019 In her Words, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, Victoria, Australia

2018 The Salamander Devours its Tail Twice, Gallery 46, London, United Kingdom

2018 Video Art in Focus presented by Cobo Social, Asia Now Paris, Paris, France

2018 Absurdity in Paradise, Kasseler Kunstverein Museum, Kassel, Germany

2018 Video Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia

2018 ART FORMOSA, Shongshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan

2018 Next Wave X Melbourne University, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia

2018 Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain's Sunbaker (Presented by Australian Centre for

Photography), Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, Australia

2018 Chaos & Order: 120 Years of Collecting at RMIT, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2018 Beyond Bliss, Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

2018 Traverse Vidéo Festival, Toulouse, France

2018 Spring Break Art Show, New York, USA 

2018 MeCA l Media Culture in Asia: A Transnational Platform curated by Japan Foundation Asia Center, Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

2018 Extraordinary Meetings, Small Compendium of Oriental Art, Census Foundation, Florence, Italy

2017 Watch Me Now, The Culture Club, Brooklyn, New York, USA

2017 Stamina, Secret Dungeon, Brooklyn, New York, USA 

2017 Islands on the Stream: Alamak!, Alongside 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy 

2017 Blindside-B Side, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2017 ARTBAR, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney, Australia 

2017-2018 Negotiating the Future, Asian Art Biennial 2017, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

2017 Curtain Call, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2017 Hotel Art Fair, Volve Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

2017 Art Jakarta, Jarkarta, Indonesia

2017 An Act of Showing (Blindside project), Testing Grounds, Melbourne, Australia 

2017 Art Blocks: Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas, USA

2017 CCP 2017 Fundraiser, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia 

2017 Kitchen Studio, Black Box Projects: May Space, Sydney, Australia 

2017 ASIATOPA  (Asia Triennale of Performing Arts) Festival, State Theatre Stage: Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

2017 Body and Cloth: Performing Textiles, ASIATOPA Festival, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia 

2017 Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker, Australian Centre for Photography (ACP), NSW, Australia

2017 Anthropocene (Curated by Antidote Project) , Airspace Project, Sydney, Australia

2016 You are not Alone, Oi! Art Space, Hong Kong

2016 30th Anniversary of CCP Fundraiser, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia

2016 The Melbourne City Art Loop, Melbourne Central, Melbourne, Australia

2016 PLAY2, Federation Square Big Screen, Melbourne, Australia

2016 Dirty Dozen, Melbourne City Council, Melbourne, Australia

2016 Ever Fresh, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2016 Thailand Eye, Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand 

2016 Video Video, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia 

2016 Cornucopia, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), Shepparton, Australia 

2015 Thailand Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2015 Feast, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2015 Art Normal (In collaboration with Duangrit Bunnag), Rachaburi, Thailand 

2015 Jaguar Asia Tech Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan 

2015 15 Artists, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Caboolture, Australia

2015 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2015, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia

2015 La Movida, Biblioteca Municipal de Barranco, Lima, Peru 

2015 With Her Feet off the Ground, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Australia   

2014 Subjectify Me, Feltspace, Adelaide, Australia

2014 Season 14, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2014 Play, Blindside Online Video Space, Melbourne, Australia

2014 Melbourne Art Fair 2014 (Stills Gallery Stand), Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Australia

2014 MAF Video, Melbourne Art Fair 2014, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Australia

2014 Melbourne Art Fair 2014 (off-site), Chin Chin Wall of Art, Melbourne, Australia 

2014 The Museum of Abject Sentimentality, RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014 P ROX IMITY: An art exhibition of distance and relativity (As part of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre's exhibition), National Museum, Szczecin, Poland

2014 Totally Looks Like, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2014  New Grand Narrative (Next Wave Festival 2014), Testing Ground, Melbourne, Australia

2014  Rooftop Transmissions (As part of the National Gallery of Victoria's Melbourne Now Exhibition), Rooftop Cinema, Melbourne, Australia

2013 BorderBody: International Art Festival of Photography, Video Art, Painting and Performing Art, MECA Mediterráneo Centro Artístico, Almeria, Spain

2013 BorderBody: International Art Festival of Photography, Video Art, Painting and Performing Art, Gallery MD_S (miejsce dla sztuki), Wrocław, Poland

2013 Ikono On Air Festival, Ikono TV, Berlin, Germany 

2013 Channels : The Australian Video Art Festival, Federation Square (Big Screen), Melbourne, Australia

2013 ll Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace): Melbourne Offsite for the 55th Venice Biennale, Platform Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Australia

2013 Hua Krathi Project, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia

2011 Pop-up Migrants, The Tinder Box Studio, Melbourne, Australia

2011 Graduate Painting Exhibition, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia



2019 Research Residency, The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

2017 Research Residency, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand 


Selected Prize and Awards

2018 Winner of Art Category in Perspective 40 Under 40 Award 2018

          (Perspective Magazine, Hong Kong)

2016 Winner of Young Alumni Community Engagement Award 2016

          (Australian Embassy Bangkok)

2016 Finalist of Australian Alumni Awards 2016

          (Australian Embassy Bangkok)

2015 Finalist of Jaguar Asia Tech Art Prize 2015

         (Taipei, Taiwan)



2018 Guest Lecturer, Artist talk: Kawita Vatanajyankur on Contemporary Process, Communication Design Course, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

2018 Speaker, Artist talk: Kawita Vatanajyankur, Mahidol University Demonstration School, Bangkok, Thailand

2018 Speaker,  Artist talk: Kawita Vatanajyankur, Master of Fine Arts: Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

2018 Speaker: BAB Talk #16, Warehouse 30, Bangkok, Thailand

2018 Speaker: Artist Talk: Performing Textiles with curator Lauren Gutsell, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand 

2018 Speaker: Kawita Vatanajyankur x The Japan Foundation Asia Centre, Omotesando Hills, Tokyo, Japan 

2018 Co-Speaker (with Simone Hine), Women, Art and Feminism in Australia since 1970: Australia Research Council Project, Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia 

2017 Speaker, Artist talk: Kawita Vatanajyankur, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand

2017 Speaker, Artist talk: Kawita Vatanajyankur, Dunedin School of Arts, Dunedin, New Zealand

2017 Speaker, Artist talk: Kawita Vatanajyankur, Ph.D. Visual Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

2017 Speaker, Artist talk: Kawita Vatanajyankur, Mahidol University Demonstration School, Bangkok, Thailand

2017 Speaker,  Artist talk: Kawita Vatanajyankur, Rangsit University, Bangkok, Thailand

2017 Speaker, HeforSheArtsWeek: UN Women Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

2017 Guest Speaker, BACC Art Forum: Differing Experiences, Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand 

2016 Speaker, TEDx Talk: TEDxYouth@STA, How to Transform Pain, Fear and Insecurities into Power, St. Andrew's International School, Bangkok, Thailand

2016 Guest Speaker, Artist Talk: Kawita Vatanajyankur, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand

2016 Guest Speaker, BACC Art Camp, Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand 

2016 Guest Speaker, Les Mercredis de la French Tech: When Tech Meets Art, YenakArt Villa Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2016 Guest Speaker, BACC Arts Forum: Arts and Gender, Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

2015 Guest Speaker, Creative Industries Exchange by Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce, 

Siam@Siam Design Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand 

2015 Alumni of the Month, Australian Embassy in Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand

2014 - Present Owner and Director of The Ferry Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand  

2014 Guest speaker, Muse Pass by Museum Siam, Siam Center, Bangkok, Thailand

2014 Guest speaker, The Arts Club, Thai PBS TV Channel, Bangkok, Thailand 

2014 Guest speaker, Muse Talk: The Artist, National Discovery Museum Institute (Museum Siam), Bangkok, Thailand


Selected Publication


Punching Bags and Video Arts. The Nation Newspaper. 19 October 2018

Cerini M. Venice of the East? Bangkok's inaugural Biennale showcases challenging Thai art. CNN Style. 25 October 2018

Crosbie M. The Next Reel, Singapore Flight Magazine. November 2018 Issue

Farquhar C. The Scale of Justice: Kawita Vatanajyankur. Medium. October 11 2018

Kawita Vatanajyankur (On the cover). Art Guide Australia. September/October 2018 Issue

Svasti P. Absurd Thailand, Displayed in Germany. Bangkok Post. 31 August 2018

Thai Works Goes on Show in Germany. The Nation Thailand. 31 August 2018

Malik S. This Aussie Artist is Putting a New Spin on Women's Labour. SBS Australia. 31 August 2018 

Pickens R. Performing Textiles: Kawita Vatanajyankur.  Art Asia Pacific. June 2018

Russ W. Kawita Vatanajyankur: Performance Art Has No Boundaries. Critics. Issue 13. May 2018

RMIT's Hidden Art on Display at New Exhibition. The Australian. April 2018

Fox R. Embracing the Challenge. The Otago Daily Times. 3 May 2018

Eckardt S. The 7 Photographers Proving that the Self-Portrait is 2018's Most Exciting Genre. W Magazine. 6 April 2018

Bertozzi A. Cover Story: Kawita Vatanajyankur. Lazagne Magazine. Issue 13. March 2018

Alessi A. A Stranger Comes to Town and Takes the Art of Endurance to a New Level. ArtSlant Magazine. 4 March 2018

Indrisek S. 8 Highlights from the Spring/Break Art Show. Artsy. 6 March 2018



Currimbhoy H. Artist Spotlight: Kawita Vatanajyankur Becomes the Machines Meant to Replace Us, Sundance Institute (Sundance Film Festival) Blog. 26 October 2017

McDermon D. The Art of Being Bombarded by Watermelon. The New York Times. 13 Sep 2017

Cover Story: Kawita Vatanajyankur. Venezia News. August 2017

Kupfermansutthavong A. Life on the Backstreets. Bangkok Post Newspaper. 17 May 2017

Phataranawik P. The Thai re-conquest of Venice. The Nation Newspaper. 15 May 2017

Charitbutra N. Kawita Vatanajyankur. art4d magazine. 18 May 2017 



Phataranawik P.  Last Glimpse at Thailand Eye. The Nation Newspaper. 28 December 2015. 

Pongpipat K. Bird on a Wire. Bangkok Post Newspaper. 6 Jan 2016 

The Art of Work. Bangkok Post Newspaper. 18 December 2015. 

Women, Happy Day-Glow Colors and Dark Humor of Vatanajyankur's Videos. ASTV Manager Newspaper. 19 December 2015. 

Fizell M. Gastroporn, or the Sexualised Eater. Runway Magazine Issue 29 (Australian Experimental Art). November 2015. 

Westall M. Worth a visit: First Major Showcase of Contemporary Thai Art in the UK. FAD Magazine. December 7 2015.

Sukhsvasti U. The Saatchi Gallery Has Its Eye on Thailand. Bangkok Post. December 9 2015.

Romo C. (2015). Tools: Kawita Vatanajyankur. Chile: Pupa Press. 

Fairly G. Visual Arts Hub. Top 10 Shows Tackling Photography Head On. May 6 2015. 

Murney A. Kawita Vatanajyankur: Work. Concrete Playground. May 4 2015. 

The Carrying Pole: Image of the Day. Curious Animal Magazine. May 4 2015 

Hay A. Top Picks: Head On Photo Festival. FBI Radio 94.5 fm. May 1 2015 

Kawita Vatanajyankur: Work. Photography-Now.com. May 6 2015.



Best of Stills: Season 14. Australian Photography. December 1 2014.  

Forest N. 10 Must-See 2014 Melbourne Art Fair Booths. Blouin Art Info. August 14 2014. 

What Next: Kawita Vatanajyankur. Art Collector Magazine (issue 69). July-September 2014

Rule D. In the Galleries in Melbourne this Week: With Her Feet off the Ground. The Age Newspaper. March 16 2015

Adamczewska E. 2014. Inspiracje/Xtreme. Szczecin: Instytucja Kultury Miasta Szczecin 13 mux, pp. 158-159. 

Serisier G. Melbourne Art Fair, Australian Design Review, August 15 2014

Nelson R. One-liners on Life and Death Bear Repeating, The Age newspaper, November 26 2014

Rainforth D. Abject Collection of Romantic Ruin,The Age newspaper, September 3 2014

Bliska sztuka tajska na inSPIRACJACH, Agency Newspaper, June 27th 2014

Murney A. Totally Looks Like, Concrete Playground, June 29th 2014

Wolff S. Totally Looks Like, The Art Life, June 13th 2014

Marjoram A. 2013, Wet Rag 2012: Kawita Vatanajyankur, Excerpt Magazine, issue 6, p. 49


Planner l The Shortlist, The Age – July 12, 2013



In the Loop:Quick Picks, Kawita Vatanajyankur: Tools, Real Time Magazine, Jan 2013

Jamieson S. Kawita Vatanajyankur: Tools Opening at Beam Contemporary, Three Thousand, March 2013