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Cannes-Winning Director Weerasethakul's Video Exhibition Makes Its Way to Manila

Including rarely seen film footage and photos by the acclaimed director.
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This month, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design launches the Manila leg of renowned Thai independent filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s solo exhibition in collaboration with Independent Curator’s International New York. Curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness” surveys the artist’s experimental and surrealist aesthetic in his portrayals of everyday Thai life and its society’s various hierarchies of power. His narratives that tackle perspectives from the periphery infuse imagery from folklore and the subconscious, exposing truths that dig deep into his personal views of class, labor, censorship, sexuality, and spirituality. Through video installations and screenings of rarely seen film footage alongside photographs, drawings, sketches, and personal archives, audiences are provided with an intimate look into the artist’s predilections and passions throughout his career.


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Born in 1970 in Bangkok, Weerasethakul has been widely exhibited in various international platforms such as the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates (2013), dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany (2012), Liverpool Biennial (2006), Busan Biennial (2004), the Istanbul Biennial (2001), and spaces including Haus der Kunst, Munich; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; New Museum, New York; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and Musée d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris. With Gaweewong, the show’s curator, Weerasethakul founded the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival in 1997, which has been pivotal in creating a network among independent film and art communities around the globe. His film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives earned the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first Thai film to receive the accolade. This traveling exhibition is supported by MAI IAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chang Mai, ICI’s International Forum, and the ICI Board of Trustees.

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The exhibition runs from February 17 to May 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, College of Saint Benilde, Manila. For more information, contact Patricia Paredes at [email protected] or call 230.5100 ext. 3897.

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