• Kawita Vatanajyankur, Untangled, 2018. (Still from HD Video, Single Channel, 7:30 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Nova Contemporary, Bangkok and Alamak! Proj)
"I highlight the hardships endured by labourers - those who are disregarded by the world of materialism, consumerism and industrialism."
By
Sarah Malik

31 Aug 2018 - 9:58 AM  UPDATED 31 Aug 2018 - 10:39 AM

Labour, consumption and feminism.

These are the themes that weave their way through Thai-Australian artist Kawita Vatanajyankur's art in her new photo-exhibition 'Balancing Act' at Sydney's Antidote festival

Vatanajyankur uses herself as a subject, displaying her body in breathtaking contortions as she weaves through machines used to manufacture textiles - wrapping herself in a skein of fibres dipped into red dye as a spinning wheel or showing herself moving through weaving fabric on a loom.

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Vatanajyankur says her art is inspired by her own lived experience and her interest in labour and migrant women's experiences.

“Through my work, I place strong emphasis on the value of the female gender and underline their contribution to the world. I also highlight the hardships endured by labourers - those who are disregarded by the world of materialism, consumerism and industrialism,” she said.

Balancing Act will be one of the events featured at the Antidote festival at the Sydney Opera House from September 1-2.