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Channels Festival: Kawita Vatanajyankur

Kawita Vatanajyankur

11–28 Aug 2021

Channels Festival is an artist-led collective based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia which is dedicated to showcasing emerging trends in contemporary video art practice from around the world. In 2021 Channels presents a solo commission by Thai-born artist Kawita Vatanajyankur whose video-based performances explore the ways in which the human body, in particular the female body, is positioned within capitalist frameworks.

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 own 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 new body of work explores the rising ethical and sustainability concerns in the fast fashion industry. Her research centres on the exploitation and violence of workers and damaging environmental impacts from the use of genetically modified cotton seeds, chemical dyes and fertilizers used to produce fast fashion.

The work presents a speculative future of industrialised spaces and labour processes as it imagines the posthuman body as machine, used to perform repetitive tasks with maximised efficiency and optimisation. The series of performative videos question 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 will change humanity's relationship with the natural planet forever.

Onsite, Exhibition
Overview

Channels Festival is an artist-led collective based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia which is dedicated to showcasing emerging trends in contemporary video art practice from around the world.

Opening: 11–28 Aug 2021, 8am–10am

This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.

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Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.

Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.

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