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-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.
About Antidote and Grace Partridge
Antidote is an online platform at the intersection of art and social change that believes in the world-changing power of storytelling. Through a series of artist features and curated programs, they bring together the best creative minds in a conversation about issues as diverse as climate change, gender equality and the refugee crisis. Their digital storytelling is brought to life through a series of exhibitions in pop-up spaces and major visual art Institutions alike, featuring emerging to established contemporary artists whose work provides an alternative frame of reference for important world issues.
Caption details: Kawita Vatanajyankur, Dye, 2018, Still from HD Video, Single Channel, 7:30 minutes, Edition of 4 + 3AP. Courtesy of the artist and Nova Contemporary, Bangkok and Alamak! Project!/ Clear Edition Gallery, Tokyo
BOB BURRUWAL & LENA YARINKURA: KUNKAMAK NGARRWONENG - OUR HOUSE OF CULTURE
Bob Burruwal and Lena Yarinkura’s Kunkamak ngarrwoneng (“our house of culture”) is an exhibition of Djarngo – laws, natural forces, animals, objects, emotions and phenomena - that form the artists’ religious beliefs. Burruwal and Yarinkura practice and instruct young people in ceremony, rituals, dance, song, art making and Kune and Rembarrnga lifeways.
The artists have transformed paperbark, pandanus, feathers, ochres, stringybark, hand rolled string, and other plant and animal matter from their clan estates in Arnhem Land to manifest the characters, artefacts, homes and sites from Kune and Rembarrnga religion.
BETH MBITJANA INKAMALA & CARLENE THOMPSON | Arrkutja Tharramala Purtala Etlaraka | Minyma Kutjara Kulinytja Katjura | Two women – Two ways of thinking
In March 2018 Beth Mbitjana Inkamala and a group of potters travelled from Hermannsburg, Northern Territory to Pukatja, South Australia to participate in ceramic workshops with some local artists, including Ernabella artist Carlene Thompson.
The workshops enabled the artists to share their stories of country and culture and develop new techniques in pottery. Beth Mbitjana Inkamala and Carlene Thompson created exceptional ceramics that reflect their own unique interpretation of their landscape, while reflecting a communal spirit and aesthetic.