04.05.2018 - 12.05.2018
Artist Talk: 11:30am Saturday 12th of May, 2018
Kawita Vatanajyankur’s performative videos engage the viewer viscerally, to explore women’s role in art and society. Vatanajyankur uses her body to assume the role of objects used for both domestic and commercial labour. This functions as a metaphor for the way repetitive acts of labour contribute to a sense of self. The focus on labour that is traditionally assigned to women, questions the way labour is organised and in turn the position of women in society.
The resulting videos juxtapose slick, glossy, colour drenched surfaces against images of corporeal endurance, skill and strength required to perform the work.
Happy Veggies is documentation of a performance by Kawita Vatanajyankur that took place in a Bangkok market in 2011. The artist positioned herself amongst the vegetable in the market, as an object for sale. Remaining stationary and smiling incessantly, the performance created an uneasy juxtaposition between beauty and endurance. The performance is at once welcoming and off-putting.
In the context of the Kuiper Shop Front Project, the performance is displaced, taken from one retail context and placed in another.