Thai Cannes director’s first PH exhibit on display at MCAD

Thai Cannes director’s first PH exhibit on display at MCAD

Selected artworks from internationally acclaimed Thai indie filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, ranging from experimental films to old movie posters, are currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Design until May 14.

The exhibit, titled “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness,” was launched with a talk from Weerasethakul last Feb. 17. The commencement program was followed by a master class in filmmaking process by Weerasethakul himself, with more than 20 delegates in attendance.

More than 20 various art pieces by Weerasethakul are showcased inside the two-floored museum featuring his first experimental films and recent works. Different video installations are shown on the first floor while the filmmaker’s archival pieces, film posters and prints are displayed on the second floor.

Weerasethakul’s exhibit is the director’s first in the country and is also a travelling exhibit curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok. In addition, the exhibit was also produced by the Independent Curators International in New York City.

Hailing from Bangkok, Thailand, Weerasethakul’s masterpieces are influenced by his cultural, historical, and personal background. His film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” which won the prestigious 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or prize, explored the integration of his cultural heritage and mysticism to convey the concept of the afterlife.

The Thai filmmaker’s works emerged from the conventional format of cinematic storytelling and his own techniques of non-linear narratives combined with the artistic use of contrast and textures.
Besides “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” Weerasethakul’s “Blissfully Yours” and “Tropical Malady” also earned him Cannes awards in 2002 and 2004 respectively.


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