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APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL at MAIIAM

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.

 

July 4, 2016

MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum
122 Moo 7 Tonpao, Sankampheang
Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Gridthiya Gaweewong

Gridthiya Gaweewong founded arts organization Project 304 in 1996, and is currently Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok. Her curatorial projects have addressed issues of social transformation confronting artists from Thailand and beyond since the Cold War. Gaweewong has organized exhibitions and events including Underconstruction, Tokyo (2000 - 2002), Politics of Fun at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2005), the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (1997–2007) (co-founded with Apichatpong Weerasethakul)}, Saigon Open City in Saigon, Vietnam (2006-07) (with Rirkrit Tiravanija) and Unreal Asia, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (2010).


Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul was born in 1970 in Bangkok and raised in the north-eastern Thai city of Khon Kaen. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, he is active in promoting experimental and independent filmmaking through his company Kick the Machine, which he founded in 1999. With Gridthiya Gaweewong he founded the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival in 1997, and presented it three more times through 2008. His work has been presented widely in art and film contexts internationally, including the Sharjah Biennial in the UAE (2013), dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany (2012), Liverpool Biennial (2006), Busan Biennial (2004), the Istanbul Biennial (2001), and in solo and group exhibitions at art spaces including Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; New Museum, New York; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and Musée d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris. Weerasethakul’s 2009 film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, won a Palme d’Or prize at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival. His feature films include: Cemetery of Splendour (2015), Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), Syndromes and a Century (2006), Tropical Malady (2004), The Adventures of Iron Pussy (2003), Blissfully Yours (2002), and Mysterious Object at Noon (2000).


Part of APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL: THE SERENITY OF MADNESS

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