Jaonua: The Nothingness (King of Meat: The Nothingness), 2016
5-channel video installation
Duration 35:00 mins
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2016 commission
This installation consolidates Araya’s thematic interests from throughout her career in an attempt to extract “the inseparable entanglement of things/lives/subjects”. Negotiating the expanse of time between life and death, consumption presents itself as a dominant theme within the work – explored through the metaphysics of eating, femininity, the animal gaze, sexuality, and gender stereotypes. Projected on four fabric screens leading up to a projection upon a bed, the presentation of the video works echoes the transient nature of our existence while also blurring the borders between art and life. In this installation, Araya has woven various stories together into a cohesive experience. Almost akin to a surrealistic dream, she invites audiences to ponder with her the karmic consequences of being entrapped within the Sisyphean cycle of existence.