ANTIDOTE ARTISTS

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.

If you are interested in purchasing from Kawita Vatanyajyankur, please inquire at grace@antidote.org.au for a catalogue of available works.

 

REPRESENTED ARTIST

Kawita Vatanajyankur

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.

Projects: Performing Textiles; The Balancing Act; Anthropocene.

COLLABORATING ARTISTS

Stanislava Pinchuk

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.

Sarker Protick

Sarker Protick is a visual artist from Bangladesh. Protick’s works explores the materiality of time, decay, disappearance. His portraits, landscapes and photographic series engage philosophically with the specificities of personal and national histories. Incorporating detail observations and subtle gestures the works enter into personal spaces, often minimal and atmospheric.

Protick was named in British Journal of Photography’s annual ‘Ones to Watch’. He is the recipient of Joop Swart Masterclass, Magnum Foundation Fund, World Press Photo award, Australian Photobook of the Year grand prize. His work has been shown in museums, galleries and festivals including, Chobi Mela, Art Dubai, Paris Photo, Hamburg Triennial, 4A, Singapore Art Week, Dhaka Art Summit, Latvian Contemporary Museum of Photography, Noor der licht and more.

Protick is represented by East Wing Gallery. He is a faculty at Pathshala-South Asian Media Institute and co-curator at Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography.

Projects (Upcoming): Group exhibition 2020.

Kirtika Kain

Indian born Sydney-based artist Kirtika Kain examines how oppressive social hierarchies and power structures have been enforced upon and embodied by generations before her, from the perspective of an outsider. Excerpted from Indian historical archives, Kain incorporates the first English transcription of the implicit codes and regulations that have been lived for centuries. These rules are silkscreened repeatedly with materials that relate to themes of valuation, corporality, ritual and the manual labour of the lower classes including iron filings, gold, vermillion and bitumen. Through diverse alchemical and experimental printmaking processes, Kain attempts to transform the language and these materials into aesthetic object of value; thus, erasing, re-defining and re-imagining a personal and collective narrative. 

Kain received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2016 for which she was awarded the Bird Holcomb MFA Scholarship to complete her Masters in 2018. Since being awarded the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award and Hornsby Art Prize (Printmaking) in 2017, Kain has been a finalist in numerous art awards including Blacktown Art Prize (2017), Gippsland Print Award (2017), Swan Hill Drawing and Print Prize (2018) and Artspace Mackay Libris Award (2018). She is represented by Roslyn Oxley Gallery.

James Nguyen

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.

Projects: Moving Nations 2017; The Trace 2018.