NEWSText: Aya Shomura

"Ashes"  © Apichatpong Weerasethakul

“Ashes” © Apichatpong Weerasethakul

MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum which just opened on July 3rd opens with the first-ever retrospective show, “The Serenity of Madness”, by celebrated artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the Chiang Mai-based artist and filmmaker. The show will present his career trajectory from the first experimental films to his most recent work, ranging across media from 16 mm film, digital video, video installation, photography, and print.

Long admired as one of the world’s leading independent filmmakers, Weerasethakul has won international acclaim since the early 2000s. However, few in Thailand have experienced his extensive body of contemporary artwork beyond his feature films. For the past twenty years, his reflexive and non-linear works have explored the themes of memory, animism, Buddhism, haunting, and rebirth largely channeled through the narrative traditions of his native Isan region (the northeastern part of Thailand). The stories he conceives are filtered through diverse literary and cinematic genres including science fiction, adventure, and myth, as well as the tradition of American experimental film.

For the first time, “The Serenity of Madness” assembles nearly 20 visual artworks to reveal an unseen dimension of Weerasethakul’s working process. Additionally, the museum will present his newly re-mastered 30 short films in four screening programs.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul “The Serenity of Madness”
Date: July 4th – September 10th, 2016
Open: 10:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Tuesday)
Place: Maiiam Contemporary Art Museum
Address: 122 Moo 7 Tompao, Sankampheang, Chiang Mai
Admissions: Adults 150 Baht, Students 100 Baht, Children under 12 Free

Text: Aya Shomura

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