ALAMAK! ‘ISLANDS IN THE STREAM’

FEATURING ARTISTS KAWITA VATANAJYANKUR, ANON PAIROT, INVISIBLE DESIGN LAB AND KWANGHO LEE, THE ALAMAK! PROJECT  CURATED BY YOICHI NAKAMUTA  AND  STEFANO CASCIANI  LAUNCHES MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITION ‘ISLANDS IN THE STREAM’  FOR THE OPENING OF THE  57TH ART BIENNALE IN VENICE.

Thai-Australian video artist Kawita Vatanajyankur creates works that offer a powerful examination of the psychological, social and cultural ways of viewing and valuing the continuing challenges of women’s everyday labor . In her staged performances, Vatanajyankur undertakes physical experiments that playfully, often painfully, test her body’s limits.  The alluring, luminous colors in Vatanajyankur’s work are distinctive of the artist’s aesthetic and tap into a globalized and digitally networked visual language of consumption and instant gratification.

The Scale by Kawita Vatanjyankur, Images courtesy of Concilio Europeo dell’Arte

Noodles by Kawita Vatanajyankur, Images courtesy of Concilio Europeo dell’Arte

Anon Pairot is a unique Thai modern design artist  based in Bangkok. His works draw   inspiration from  both local craft practices and industrialization.  Influenced by hybrid culture and poetic concepts,  Anon Pairot looks deeper into the meaning of everyday objects, with the parody full sized model Changrai Ferrari car, made out of rattan by skilled Thai craftsmen, or the iconic rendering of rice sacks referencing  family memories.

Chiangrai Ferrari, Anon Pairot, Images courtesy of Concilio Europeo dell’Arte

Human Rice by Anon Pairot, Images courtesy of Concilio Europeo dell’Arte

Invisible Design Lab of Japan  is an art collective comprised of composers, visual artists and other technicians. Their work, KO-TONE features a limited edition automatic playing device requiring  no electricity that is fueled by the power of nature. A ball triggers sound as it rolls down unsteadily, at times falling off. The movement seems  reminiscent of life  itself – going too far, making mistakes, living with challenges and sometimes  falling.

Invisible Designers Lab, Images courtesy of Concilio Europeo dell’Arte

Kwangho is a South Korean artist who began to find, look and approach things in the way his grandfather (a farmer who passed away in 2005) would have practiced; giving new meaning and function to everyday objects and materials. The factor common to all of Kwangho’s work is his knowledge and interpretation of the materials he uses, and  the confidence of the  uniqueness he can portray through his works.

The Moment of Eclipse Series by Kwangho Lee, Images courtesy of Concilio Europeo dell’Arte

The exhibition will run from May 13 – Sept 24, 2017. For more information visit:
www.alamakproject.com

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