November 19th, 2011, 1 pm
Venue: Rockbund Art Museum, Auditorium
Associate Mission Building, 1F, No 169 Yuan Ming Yuan Road
Free of admission
Through a multimedia presentation, the talk explores the career of award-winning filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul and his works that cross over various disciplines including cinema, video, photography, installation, etc,
Born in 1970 in Bangkok, Apichatpong Weerasethakul was trained in architecture and went on to study filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He started making films and videos in 1994, and has since produced seven features, namely, “Mysterious Object at Noon” (2000), “Blissfully Yours” (2002), “Tropical Malady” (2004), “Syndromes and a Century” (2006), and “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” (2010), in addition to his video and installation works exhibited in museums, biennales and galleries. Mostly set in the depth of forests and rural areas of Thailand, Weerasethakul’s works are known for his idiosyncratic narrative and visual language that are inspired by Thai folklore, TV soap operas and Western cinema. Subtle and mysterious, they create intersections where the immediate reality and the surreal (at times utopian) collide, and address the personal politics and social issues.