Antidote works with visionary artists to develop exhibitions and programs that address important societal issues. These artists create works that go beyond mere aesthetics to build a narrative that addresses global humanitarian issues.
Antidote believes in a personalised approach to representation and facilitating a space for artists. We provide physical and digital platforms and opportunities for artists who are aligned with our mission to share stories and histories, collectively, as a community. This process is constant, building and growing.
We understand that contemporary issues are as diverse as artists themselves and adapt each project to suit both the artist and the relevant audience.
Thai-Australian artist Kawita Vatanajyankur creates works that offer a powerful examination of the psychological, social and cultural challenges faced by women in relation to everyday labour. In endurance performances, Vatanajyankur undertakes physical experiments that playfully, and often painfully, test her body’s limits. These staged scenarios are both unavoidably compelling and also uncomfortable to watch. The alluring, luminous colours in Vatanajyankur’s work are distinctive of her aesthetic and tap into the visual language of a globalised and digitally networked world in which consumption and instant gratification often prevail. In 2017, her work has been curated into ‘Islands in the Stream’ exhibition in Venice, Italy alongside the 57th Venice Biennale, Asia Triennale of Performing Arts at the Melbourne Arts Centre, as well as ‘Negotiating the Future’ curated exhibition of the Asian Art Biennial Taiwan. In 2018, She showed her works as part of the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018. Vatanajyankur has exhibited widely across Australia, as well as Asia, USA and Europe. Vatanajyankur’s work is held the National Collection of Thailand and in Museum collections including Singapore Art Museum, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (Dunedin Art Museum), Maiiam Contemporary Art Museum, as well as university collections and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and America.
Stanislava Pinchuk ( Miso ) is an artist working with data mapping the changing topographies of war & conflict zones. Beginning with the current Civil War in her home country Ukraine, she has since mapped the Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl Reactor 4 Nuclear Zones, as well as the Calais ‘Jungle’ Migrant Camp.
Stanislava’s practice encompasses large pin-hole drawings of data, plotted as textiles – alongside installation, publishing and sculpture. Her use of fabric, as well as lace-making methods of drawing – reference the histories of women who have documented their perspectives of war through domestic textiles, embroideries and weavings.
Her work has been collected and supported by institutions such as Le Louvre’s Musee des Arts Decoratifs, The New Museum’s Columbia University GSAPP Incubator (New York),
The Victoria & Albert Mueum (London), the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, La Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Immigration Museum of Australia, Heide MoMA, ACMI & ACCA.
She has previously been comissioned for film work for Louis Vuitton, as well as working for clients such as Chanel, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Apple, and Nike and has just topped the Forbes 30 Under 30 List.
Projects (Upcoming): Large-scale public artwork commission for Australian Landmark 2020; Group exhibition 2020.
James Nguyen is a Melbourne-based artist working with an interdisciplinary practice. His output ranges from drawing, installation, video and performance. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the National Art School, Sydney and a Masters of Fine Arts at Sydney College of Arts (SCA), University of Sydney. He has been the recipient of the Clitheroe Foundation Scholarship and the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship. Nguyen’s video and performance practice looks at the process of making and observing art through the “performative potential of the camera”. By documenting the actual recording of footage, the camera and the act of filmmaking becomes part of the work rather than just the filmic apparatus.
Most recently James has developed work with Cement Fondue, Campbeltown Arts Centre, PACT (as part of the PACT three year residency), NextWave, ACE Open, The National 2019, and is on the artist board of WestSpace and currently a Gertrude Studio artist.