• Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archives), 2014. Courtesy of kurimanzutto and Kick the Machine Films.

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ghost Teen from "Primitive Project" (detail), 2009. Courtesy of Kick the Machine

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, installation view, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2019, courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, installation view, MCAD Manila, 2017, courtesy of MCAD Manila.

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Sakda (Roussea), 2012, (detail). Courtesy of the Kick the Machine Films

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, installation view, MAI IAM, 2016, courtesy of ICI.

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, production still, 2010. Courtesy of Kick the Machine Films.

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, installation view, MAI IAM, 2016, courtesy of ICI.

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, installation view, MCAD, 2017, courtesy of MCAD.

Curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong

A leading figure in contemporary film and art, Apichatpong Weerasethakul has developed a singular realist-surrealist style in which the portrayal of the everyday alongside supernatural elements suggests 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.

This new solo exhibition uniquely presents a selected survey of rarely-seen experimental short films and video installations by Weerasethakul, alongside his photography, sketches, and archival materials that explore threads of socio-political commentary which has continually guided his practice. His passionate positions regarding class, labor, sexuality, and spirituality paint a portrait of an artist concerned with ethics, power, science, and liberation in equal measures. The Serenity of Madness is structured into distinct sections: one corresponds to his private world, peopled with beloved friends, family, and long-time collaborators; another takes up the public sphere but with a more abstract dimension of experience, utilizing light, memory, and the poetics of temporal, spatial and spiritual displacement. The survey culminates with a selection of recent work addressing the social reality in his homeland.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness is a traveling exhibition curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with the generous support from MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai; the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI’s International Forum.

In conjunction with the exhibition, ICI will publish Apichatpong Weerasethakul Sourcebook: The Serenity of Madness. The Sourcebook series is dedicated to contemporary artists’ personal perspectives on social, political, and cultural issues. Each book, edited by a single artist, includes a collection of primary research materials and influences, such as rare archival documents, artwork studies, and excerpts of landmark publications, selected from the artist’s own archive and annotated with personal commentary. The Apichatpong Weerasethakul Sourcebook invites readers into Weerasethakul’s intimate exploration of his influences—in his words, “like a stream of consciousness, suffocated by data.”


The Serenity of Madness at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness is Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s first exhibition to focus primarily on video art.

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness at MAIIAM is an Artforum Critic’s Pick

Artforum features the exhibition’s first presentation as a Critic’s Pick.

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The Matter interviews Apichatpong Weerasethakul

The Matter, a new Thai-language online magazine, interviews Weerasethakul on the occasion of the opening of his ICI exhibition.

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The Bangkok Post Reviews Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness

The Bangkok Post reviews Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness at MAI IAM in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Cemetery of Splendour Reviewed in The Guardian

Apichatpong Weerasethakul was featured in two recent articles in The Guardian: a review of Cemetery of Splendour and and a further article on reasons the film will not be shown in 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). Gaweewong is on the curatorial team for the 2018, 12th Gwangju Biennale, Imagined Borders. She is also the head curator of ICI’s traveling exhibition Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity in Madness.


touring schedule

Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Taipei, Taiwan
November 30, 2019 - March 15, 2020

Núcleo de Arte da Oliva
S. João da Madeira, Portugal
June 22, 2018 - September 16, 2018

Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Oklahoma City, OK, United States
March 31, 2018 - June 10, 2018

Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL, United States
September 16, 2017 - December 9, 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD)
Manila, Philippines
February 17, 2017 - May 17, 2017

Para Site
Hong Kong
September 17, 2016 - November 27, 2016

MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum
Chiang Mai, Thailand
July 3, 2016 - September 10, 2016

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