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Kawita Vatanajyankur: Work

Kawita Vatanajyankur takes you on a candy-coloured walk through a chaotic fruit market.
By Annie Murney
May 04, 2015
By Annie Murney
May 04, 2015

One of our brightest video artists is exhibiting at Stills Gallery this month. Her latest series, titled simply Work, restages a local fruit market. The prettiness of Kawita Vatanajyankur’s art is like a packet of lollies — deliciously alluring. However, she often blends pain and humiliation with her Willy Wonka colour palette. Her work is a peculiar blend of quirkiness and body-aching intensity.

Vatanajyankur is an endurance artist; she is perpetually testing her mental and physical limits. This latest foray into smashing melons and balancing bananas also contains a feminist undercurrent. While reviving the pre-industrial labour of her native Thailand, her videos tap into traditional understandings of ‘women’s work’. You are likely to see a heightened destructiveness where she is literally being worn down by banal tasks. In any case, Vatanajyankur is one of those can’t-look-away artists.

Come along to the opening on Wednesday, May 6, at 6–8pm.

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