Albright Knox Art Gallery
Gallery for New Media
5th June - 7th November 2019
Since 2012, Kawita Vatanajyankur has produced silent videos in which she deploys her body to perform manual tasks that are normally accomplished using tools or other objects. In The Basket, from the series “Tools,” she tosses herself over and over again into a basket, like dirty laundry; in The Scale, from the series “Work,” her inverted body acts as a scale for chunks of falling watermelon; in Dye, from the series “Performing Textiles,” her head serves as a hook to submerge white yarn in a tub of dye repeatedly. Despite their brightly colored backdrops, Vatanajyankur’s absurd performances have dark undertones: her arduous acts of endurance, repeated on endless loops, dramatize work typically performed by women outside public view and to little acclaim, in spaces ranging from homes to textile factories. By pushing beyond her own physical limits to ridiculous ends, Vatanajyankur creates indelible images of the paradoxes of twenty-first-century labor: it is possible to be powerless but powerful, unequal but equal, and repressed but irrepresible.
Kawita Vatanajyankur: Foul Play is the largest museum exhibition of the artist’s work in the United States to date and features eight videos by the artist, running concurrently on separate monitors.
his exhibition is organized by Assistant Curator Tina Rivers Ryan
Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Opening: 15th June 2019
Public Talk: 19th June 2019
Performing Textiles is the title of a suite of recent video works by Thai-Australian artist Kawita Vatanajyankur, in which the artist powerfully critiques the many challenges faced by Thai women (and more broadly Asian migrant women) in relation to the backbreaking physical manual labour processes of contemporary manufacturing industries. Mosman Art Gallery is proud to exhibit two artworks from this series including The Spinning Wheel, 2018 and the world premiere of the artwork Knit, 2019. The artist’s durational performative processes and hyper-coloured compositions create images that are captivating and seductive yet disquieting. They are a celebration of women’s strength, endurance and resilience in the face of burden. Using her own body in a series of machine-like scenarios, the artist highlights the vulnerabilities of the human body and its spirit, provoking questions surrounding consumption, labour, feminism and social justice.
During / Alongside the 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
InParadiso 3030, San Polo, Venice, Italy
The exhibition - curated by Concilio Europeo dell'Arte - explores, through the artist's extreme performances, the female world and the role of women in art and society, capturing the physicall manifestation of manual labour processes undertaken by women in Asia.
Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre (BACC)
9 May - 30 June 2019
Main Gallery, 8th Floor
The video exhibition entitled “Pioneer in Video Art from Thailand, Slovenia, Norway Since 1980" compares and contrasts art styles prevalent in South East Asia, Europe and Scandinavia using material produced by artists from Thailand, Slovenia and Norway. The works represent examples of single screen video and video installations.
The history of humankind can be chronicled by the Art they have produced. Art is basic to human existence. All man's creations showcase the Art of the period. The internet revolution has created a World awash in video art with people all over the planet daily bombarded by multimedia on both their desktop and mobile devices. The progression of technology, especially advances in speed and transmission of enormous files, has made a deep impact to people's daily life. A foundation of education is an important requirement towards developing a country.
This is the mission of the Fine Art Department, Architecture Faculty at King Mongkut’s institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL). We strive to increase knowledge base through expansion of our curriculum. Joint programs conducted with international Art faculties will allow us to achieve this goal. The exhibition will highlight different cultural perceptions through a common medium of video art focusing on themes such as life, love and politics. After a run in Thailand, the exhibition will move to both Slovenia and Norway.
Curated by Komson Nookiew, Miha T. Horvat and David Rych
The exhibition organized by Exhibition Department, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and Komson Nookiew, Fine Art Department, Architecture Faculty at King Mongkut’s institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) with support from Ustanova Fundacija Sonda, all the artists and the video works from the Video Art Collection - UGM Maribor Art Gallery
KNIT - LIVE PERFORMANCE
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
6th - 11th April 2019
Culture Summit Abu Dhabi is a forum that convenes leaders from the fields of the arts, heritage, media, museums, public policy and technology, to identify ways in which culture can build bridges and promote positive change. In its 2018 edition, the Culture Summit was attended by 350 delegates from 85 countries.
The Summit is organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi in collaboration with five global partners that will curate and lead on their specific area of expertise. These partners are the Royal Academy of Arts, UNESCO, Guggenheim, The Economist Events and Google.
How can cultural agents be more engaged in addressing global challenges?
Can creativity and technology be harnessed for positive change?
Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2019 will address the theme of Cultural Responsibility and New Technology to reflect the urgency of our times. It brings together cultural leaders, practitioners and experts from art, museums, media, cultural heritage and technology to advocate a central and effective role for culture in global society. It will showcase creative solutions by key participants in the cultural and creative industries, and generate new strategies and thinking on topics including cultural diversity, heritage protection, artistic freedom, public art and digital activation.
We seek answers, policy recommendations and ideas on cultural responsibility and society in the 21st Century.
RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
12 Apr 2019-01 Jun 2019
When it comes to ways in which artists address ecological issues, actions can be big or small – it's the action that is important however subtle.
In the face of complex environmental problems Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia examines how artistic response combined with gentle activism can result in a rich legacy and empower further actions in the community.
Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia is part of the Climarte Festival, 12 April – 1 June 2019
Artists: Arahmaiani, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Marnie Badham, Made Bayak, Yu Fang Chi, Ryoko Kose, Pradyumna Kumar, Pushpa Kumari, Armin Linke, Ly Hoang Ly, James Nguyen, Elia Nurvista, Sherman Ong, Sarker Protick, Fitri Ranatarya, Mandy Ridley, Khvay Samnang, Lizzy Simpson, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Tintin Wulia, Bo Zheng (Zheng Bo).
Horsham Regional Gallery, Horsham, Australia
2 March - 19 May 2019
In Her Words is a photographic exhibition focusing on women behind and in front of the camera. Women who are in control of their own story; whether they are speaking their own truth or re-enacting the accounts of others. In this exhibition we hear from women who are bold in the telling of their flaws, uncertainties and strengths; aiming to get to the core of the female experience, rights and challenges.
Horsham Regional Art Gallery brings together historical works from the Gallery’s Collection with key figures in contemporary Australian photographic practice, the exhibition explores migration, queer culture, Aboriginality, youth and childhood, the body, domesticity, place, identity and female repressions and expression. Through these images the photographers make bold statements about the societies in which they live and work.
Curated by Olivia Poloni
View the In Her Words Exhibition Catalogue here
This project has been assisted by NETS Victoria’s Exhibitions Development Fund, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
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