Spinning Wheels by Kawita Vatanajyankur
Spinning Wheels by Kawita Vatanajyankur
At Jim Thompson House Museum
Jim Thompson House Museum is pleased to announce a collaboration with Nova Contemporary, Spinning Wheels, a solo exhibition by Kawita Vatanajyankur. This exhibition includes selected works that correspond with and relate to the textiles industry on the second floor of Jim Thompson House Museum.
In Spinning Wheels, Kawita Vatanajyankur references the tasks undertaken by physical laborers in the textiles industry. In the work, she transforms herself into a hybrid of machine and organism, like a cyborg, and puts her body into arduous positions with repetitive motions. These actions are performed in quasi-nude form and set against a hyper-colored painterly backdrop. The constant motion signifies the territories of production and reproduction in a materialistic world - consumerism. In her work, her body becomes a site of tension for the struggle of human existence against becoming a simple cog in a machine. Her meditative approach shows, for instance, a laborer’s hardship yet at the same time shows the endurance and unwavering resilience against it. It also indicates that dualistic relationships of public and private, pain and joy, mechanism and self-enlightenment, resistance and acceptance can be physically manifested. Her performative oscillation between human and machine is suggestive of the possibility of human transformation and evolution. The site-specific and historical space of the Jim Thompson House Museum enables a contextual exploration of themes prevalent in her practice, including materialism, labor issues, feminism, humanity and machines.
About the artist:
Kawita Vatanajyankur was born in Bangkok in 1987 and earned her BA from RMIT University in 2011. Known for her videos and performances, Vatanajyankur believes art serves as a voice for the neglected and the marginalised. In 2015, she was a finalist in the Jaguar Asia Pacific Tech Art Prize and her work was included in the Thailand Eye group exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, London. In 2017, her work was included in the ‘Islands in the Stream’ exhibition in Venice, at the Asia Triennial of Performing Arts at the Melbourne Arts Centre, and in ‘Negotiating the Future’, Asia Art Biennial Taiwan. In 2018, she participated in the Bangkok Art Biennale. In 2019, she had her first solo show at Albright Knox Art Gallery in New York. In 2021, Vatanajyankur’s works were included in the exhibition series, Collecting Entanglement and Embodied History, ERRATA at the MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum (Chiangmai, Thailand) and Nation - Narration - Narcosis, at the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum (Berlin, Germany). Her works have been exhibited at Singapore Art Museum, Dunedin Art Museum, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, and MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art (Bangkok). She currently lives and works in Bangkok.
This project is a collaboration between Jim Thompson House Museum, Jim Thompson Art Center and Nova Contemporary, Bangkok, with the support of the James H.W. Thompson Foundation. The artist wishes to thank 100 Tonson Gallery and Ban Sri Yan.
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The Jim Thompson House Museum was built by Jim Thompson, an American entrepreneur who came to Thailand in 1946 as a military officer. He settled in Bangkok and established the Thai Silk Company, working closely throughout the 1950s with the Cham Muslim weavers from Ban Krua community along the Sansaeb canal to create a cottage silk weaving industry. Across from the Ban Krua community, he decided to build a teakwood house, an interpretation of the Thai traditional house but with a modernist twist. He also collected Thai and Southeast Asian pre-modern art and artefacts.
28 November 2021 - 28 February 2022
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