Thai-Australian 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.
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.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 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 The Scale of Justice, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, 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
2014 The Ice Shaver, Sencus Luoghi per l'Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
2013 The Ice Shaver, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne, Australia
2012 Domesticated, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne, Australia
Selected Prize and Awards
2016 Winner of Young Alumni Community Engagement Award 2016
2016 Finalist of Australian Alumni Awards 2016
2015 Finalist of Jaguar Asia Tech Art Prize 2015
Kawita is represented by:Alamak! Project Clear Edition& Gallery, Tokyo, JapanNova Contemporary, Bangkok, ThailandImage details: Kawita Vatanajyankur, The Scale of Justice, 2016, from Machinized, single channel HD video, 2:32 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Nova Contemporary Bangkok and Alamak! Project / Clear Edition & Gallery, Tokyo.