Kawita Vatanajyankur: Work - Art Collector

© Kawita Vatanajyankur, The Carrying Pole, 2015. HD video still. Courtesy: the artist and STILLS Gallery, Paddington

Vatanajyankur’s videos offer a powerful examination of the psychological, social and cultural ways of viewing and valuing women’s everyday labour.
In the four videos comprising Work (2015), Vatanajyankur presents an uncanny restaging of a local, fresh fruit market. Engaging the tools and tasks common to its workers, including weighing bananas, juicing oranges and precariously balancing watermelons in plastic crates, Vatanajyankur undertakes physical experiments that playfully, and often painfully, test her body’s limits.
Vatanajyankur’s exploration of everyday and domestic work is particularly telling of her Thai homeland. A place where, for many, daily chores aren’t always assisted by electronic contraptions or white goods but are time-consuming, physically exhausting, and often the task of women.

Opening: 6pm Wednesday 6 May 2015
Exhibition closes: 6 June 2015
Location: Stills Gallery, 36 Gosbell Street, Paddington NSW 2027
Contact: 02 9331 7775
Email: info@stillsgallery.com.au

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