UHD video, single-channel video
Duration: 5 min 22 sec
Edition of 4
In Carrier (Fish) (2017), she supports buckets of fishes whilst being swung back and forth on a rope. These images allude to the everyday physical labour endured by workers of the fishing industry and other consumerist means of production. With her eyes shut and expression solid, she performs repeated motions familiar to these unseen workers, evoking both them and the commodity that they handle.
About the Artist
In her practice, Kawita Vatanajyankur body is a conduit for those affected by the blind consumerism that fuels today’s society. She transforms her body into a site upon which issues of labour, feminism, oppression and consumerism are interrogated and challenged. For Vatanajyankur, extreme physical endurance offers a way to free herself from her mind: a mechanism to lose her sense of being.
In her performative videos, Vatanajyankur undertakes various repetitive and strenuous tasks, deliberately objectifies herself into mechanical or domestic tools as she pushes her body to its limits as a testament for human endurance and resilience. The luminous colours in Vatanajyankur’s work are distinctive of the artist's aesthetic, which and tap into a globalized and digitally networked visual language of consumption and instant gratification.
The dark humor and undercurrents of violence that her work deliver bring a universality and contemporary currency to the trajectory of art.
Kawita Vatanajyankur will be presenting her works at Nova Contemporary.