Multimedia artist Ayakamay’s current exhibition, Captive Train_reck at the Lodge Gallery offers a tongue in cheek look at ideas of sexual currency in advertising, the media and in interpersonal interactions. The exhibition is dominated by larger than life video projections featuring the artist posing, with the slightest of motions, in a number of hackneyed poses and types (i.e. attractive girl on beach) complete with a come-hither glance, alongside a series of projections outlining the steps a girl goes through to prepare for a night out. In these projection works, Ayakamay largely follows in the vein of Cindy Sherman – she inhabits the character and transforms herself, offering her audience portrait after portrait.
Two evenings during the first week of the exhibition also featured a live performance by Ayakamay, during which she explored concepts related to seduction and personal boundaries. Speaking into a voice transformer and accompanied by two skimpily clad ladies rollicking on the floor, Ayakamay engaged audience members by drawing them into a domed enclave, taking selfies with them, and asking men for their wallets, while repeating phrases like “I Want You.” Unfortunately the length of performance and muffled sound quality slightly belabored the point, but seeing as she is interested in creating “an irritating and uncomfortable attraction” in her work, any discomfort in the caused in the “captive” audience is excusable.
Ayakamay’s Captive Train_reck at The Lodge Gallery
January 4th to January 22nd, 2017
Writing by Jennifer Wolf
Photographs by Apiwich Bangrapimolpong