The Repetitiveness of Work
Kawita Vatanajyankur Solo Exhibition
Project Fulfill Art Space is pleased to present Thai artist Kawita Vatanajyankur’s first solo exhibition in Taiwan titled The Repetitiveness of Work. Vatanajyankur was previously selected to represent the Thailand Pavilion exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale. The exhibition will showcase video-based performances from her powerful Work series and her latest Performing Textiles series. For the exhibition opening Vatanajyankur will perform her work Knit, previously performed at the 2018 Bangkok Art Biennale and the 2019 Culture Summit in Abu Dhabi.
Vatanajyankur’s art practice examines the physical manifestation of manual labor processes often undertaken by women in Thailand. These actions are presented through the double-lens of a hyper-colored formal composition and a study into the physical abilities and vulnerabilities of the body, combining as works that provoke questions of labor, consumption, feminism and the artist's lived experience.
In her previous video series Work the artist uses her body to imitate the particular motions of tools or processes used in everyday labor, such as the repetitive raising and lowering of a fishing line, or a set of scales that is increasingly weighed down by falling produce. A choreographed range of restrained movements or gestures often involves the artist’s body being suspended or contorted, exploring and exploiting her physical and psychological limits through repetitive actions and endurance. The audience is positioned both as witness and spectator; pulled between Vatanajyankur’s alluring aesthetics and the confronting physicality that operates as the central tension of the artist’s practice.
In her latest Performing Textiles series Kawita Vatanajyankur’s work presents her body as the machines and processes used within the manufacturing of textiles, such as the shuttle used in weaving, or the movements of a circular loom, presenting a striking incongruence that lives at the intersection between physicality and performativity. Poetic and savage, Vatanajyankur explores the cultural significance of the female form, raising universal contemporary questions towards the value of labor and the equality of humanity.
就在藝術空間很榮幸於七月份推出第57屆威尼斯雙年展泰國館的參展藝術家之一，行為錄像藝術家卡葳塔･瓦卡娜嫣恩（Kawita Vatanajyankur）在台灣首次個展「勞動動態」，展出《Work》與《Performing Textiles》兩個錄像系列作品。開幕當天藝術家將在畫廊現場呈現《Knit》行為表演。此表演曾於2018年曼谷藝術雙年展和2019年阿布札比文化高峰會演出的。
新系列《Performing Textiles》錄像系列中，瓦卡娜嫣恩將她的身體化身為製造紡織品使用的機器，例如鉤針或纏線機，在肉體性(physicality)與表演性 (performativity)交叉衝擊中產生視覺的不協調。在詩意又野蠻的狀態下，她試圖探討女性角色的重要性在文化觀點中如何被看待，並犀利地檢視當代社會普遍面臨的勞動價值與人類平等問題。
協辦單位 In collaboration with
Collaborating partner in conjunction with Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, presented by Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and Mori Art Museum.