Kawita Vatanajyankur’s Machinized series is visually stunning – and in its simplicity, interrogates the concept of female labour, and the positioning more broadly of the female body in two worlds – her traditional Thai heritage, and the mechanically driven, consumption fuelled world of the West.
Andy Mullens’ Bloodline is an intricate tapestry of history and diaspora. An assemblage of photos from Saigon, part strangers/part family – are re-contextualised through a connection of space, and a delicate red thread. Although all faces presented are affected by the war, the presentation of a chaotic family tree allows the viewer to commiserate the loss as well as revel in the connection to home and family.
Curated by Grace Partridge, the first iteration of ‘Antidote’ is an exploration of the female body and the land on which it survives and thrives. Themed ‘Anthropocene’, the works manifest subversive views of this newly discovered and somewhat contentious geological epoch, in which the earth is defined by its negative interaction with human kind. The four artists chosen investigate unique stories of female bodies through a cross-cultural lens, while eliciting how they engage with their physical land – as well as the socio-political issues and cultural questions that may arise from such an interaction.
Anthropocene has now closed. The exhibition ran from March 3-18 at Airspace Projects Gallery in Marrickville. Antidote would also like to thank Sally Clarke of AirSpace Projects and Mark Mitchell and the team from the Creative Practice Lab UNSW for their generous and ongoing support.
See the curatorial statement for the exhibition here
The ‘Another Kind of Girl’ Multimedia Project sees artist and educator, Laura Doggett, facilitate and present photography and film from Jordan, where she has worked for a number of years with Syrian refugees to help document their stories and lives. Another Kind of Girl, (the short film that became the face of the project) was aired at the Sydney Film Festival in 2016, winning numerous accolades, including previews at Cannes and One World Film festivals.
Nicole Monks’ Each and every Morn is a manifestation of her body of work: trans-disciplinary and investigating the paradigms of time, place & space between her Indigenous background and her western one.