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Performance art with your tea

Jan 24. 2019
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Performance artist Kawita Vatanajyankur will be adding to the pleasures of afternoon tea at the Peninsula Bangkok on January 26 and February 2 as a part of the inaugural and ongoing Bangkok Art Biennale.

In a performance titled “Knit”, Kawita uses her body as a medium to challenge the concept of materialism in a world where more value is attached to products than to the people who created the product. 

In front of a colourful backdrop, she becomes the tools women use in knitting, dyeing and weaving. Simultaneously, her spider-like movements portray a woman fighting to construct her life through her labour, in the same way a spider struggles to build a web to survive. 

“Knit” also involves audience participation to remind us to cherish the skills of the people who create the elements intrinsic to a luxury lifestyle.

“Knit”-inspired sweet and savoury delicacies will complement the hotel’s afternoon tea menu, including a red Mont Blanc dessert handcrafted by executive pastry chef Nicolas Pelloie. 

The Knit afternoon tea set for two will be hosted in the Lobby from 3.30 to 4.30pm and is priced at Bt1,400-plus.

The hotel is meanwhile launching an Artist-in-Residence programme, letting a rotating selection of live there for up to three months while using a specially created studio to create original pieces inspired by their stay. Guests will be able to meet and chat with the artists in the studio and enjoy a rare perspective of the artistic process. 

Kawita will be the first artist-in-residence, using the opportunity to curate new works for an exhibition in Europe later this year.

For reservations and details, call (02) 020 2888 or email diningpbk@peninsula.com.

 

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