Curator Gridthiya Gaweewong and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul during the installation of Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness at MAIIAM.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness
July 3, 2016–September 10, 2016
MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum
Chiang Mai, Thailand
ICI launches the international tour of our latest exhibition, Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, Monday July, 4 at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum. Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness is the inaugural exhibition of MAIIAM, a new museum in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s hometown of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
A leading figure in contemporary film and art, Apichatpong Weerasethakul has developed a singular realist-surrealist style in which he portrays the everyday alongside supernatural elements suggesting a distortion between fact and folklore, the subconscious and the exposed, and various disparities of power. His work reveals stories often excluded in history in and out of Thailand: voices of the poor and the ill, marginalized beings, and those silenced and censored for personal and political reasons.
Curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, this new solo exhibition uniquely presents a collection of rarely-seen experimental short films and video installations by Weerasethakul, alongside his photography, paintings, sketches, and archival material that explore threads of socio-political commentary. His passionate positions regarding class, labor, sexuality, science and spirituality have informed his practice from early in his career to the present.