Scale of Injustice
Kawita Vatanajyankur is a Thai-born artist whose video-based performances explore the ways in which the human body, in particular the female body, is positioned within capitalist frameworks. Her work seeks to reveal the hidden labour and exploitation behind domestic and commercial work by using her body as an instrument to undertake a series of repetitive tasks, testing her own physical and psychological endurance.
Commissioned by Channels Festival for Blindside, Vatanajyankur’s Scale of Justice 2021, explores rising ethical and sustainability concerns of the fashion industry. Her research is informed by residencies undertaken in South East Asia and centres on acts of exploitation and violence of workers witnessed and recounted during the residencies. Her concerns extend to the damaging environmental impacts from the use of genetically modified cotton seeds, chemical dyes and fertilizers used to produce fast fashion and that affect the health and environment of the local families.
Scale of Injustice questions the durability and vulnerability of the human body, it’s eventual replacement with machine Artificial Intelligence and how the catastrophic environmental impact from industrialized agriculture is changing humanity's relationship with the natural planet forever.
Curated by Alicia Renew
Kawita Vatanajyankur is a Thai artist based in Bangkok, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Art from RMIT, Melbourne in 2011. Vatanajyankur has exhibited widely across Australia, Asia, USA and Europe including Bangkok Art Biennale, 2018; ‘Island in the Stream’ 57th Venice Biennale, 2017; Asia Triennale of Performing Arts, Melbourne Arts Centre 2017; ‘Negotiating the Future’ The Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan 2017 and Thailand Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2015. In 2019, Vatanajyankur held her largest museum show to date at Albright Knox Art Gallery in New York and has forthcoming exhibitions in 2021 at Maiiam Contemporary Art Museum Collection for the touring exhibition 'Decolonizing Eurasia' to Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, German and Singapore Art Museum.
Vatanajyankur’s work is held in major collections including the National Collection of Thailand, Singapore Art Museum, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (Dunedin Art Museum), Maiiam Contemporary Art Museum, MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art (Bangkok), as well as university collections and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and America. She is currently represented by Nova Contemporary, Bangkok and Antidote Organisation, Australia.
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