Talks HOME & LIGHTS A talk by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Artists Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Ashes (Still), 2012, digital film, 20 min 18 sec. Courtesy of the artist

HOME & LIGHTS A talk by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

  • Speaker: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Moderator: Aimee Lin, editor,ArtReview Asia
  • Time: 14:00, 28 May 2017
  • Venue: 3F Theater, Power Station of Art
  • Address: 200 Huayuangang Rd, Shanghai
  • Language:English (Chinese Interpretation)

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About the talk

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is recognised as one of the most original voices in contemporary cinema. His previous works and installations have won him widespread international recognition and numerous awards. In Home & Lights, his first public talk in Shanghai, he will give an introduction to his home in the northeastern Thailand, through his works and the way that they relate to it and its landscape. Additionally, the talk will focus on Apichatpong’s less widely known practice as an artist.

The talk is presented by ArtReview Asia with Power Station of Art. 


Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Courtesy of the artist.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Born in Bangkok, Apichatpong grew up in Khon Kaen in north-eastern Thailand. He began making films and video shorts in 1994 and completed his first feature in 2000. His feature films, short films and installations have won him widespread international recognition and numerous awards, including the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2010 with Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. His Tropical Malady won the Cannes Competition Jury Prize in 2004 and Blissfully Yours won the Cannes Un Certain Regard Award in 2002. Syndromes and a Century (2006) was recognised as one of the best films of the last decade in several 2010 polls. Mysterious Object at Noon (2000), his first feature, has been recently restored by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation. Lyrical and often fascinatingly mysterious, his film works are non-linear, dealing with memory and in subtle ways invoking personal politics and social issues. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, he devotes himself to promoting experimental and independent filmmaking through his company Kick the Machine Films, founded in 1999, which also produces all his films.

Apichatpong has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998 and is now recognised as a major international visual artist. His art prizes include the Sharjah Biennial Prize (2013) and the prestigious Yanghyun Art Prize (2014) in South Korea. His installations have included the multi-screen project Primitive (2009), acquired for major museum collections (including Tate Modern and Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris), a major installation for the 2012 Kassel Documenta and most recently the film installations Dilbar (2013) and Fireworks (Archives) (2014) variously presented in one-person exhibitions in important galleries in Oslo, London, Mexico City and Kyoto. Other recent projects include online films Ashes (2012), Cactus River (2012) and a short film to mark the occasion of the Football World Cup shot in Khon Kaen. In 2015, Apichapong staged a light, projection performance, Fever Room (now touring) for the inauguration of the Asian Arts Theatre in Gwangju, South Korea. In 2016, a retrospective of his films was presented at Tate Britain, UK. He is a recipient of the 2016 Principal Prince Claus Award, the Netherlands. His latest solo exhibition Monuments is now on view at the Shanghai space of ShanghART Gallery.


ArtReview Asia

ArtReview Asia

ArtReview Asia is an international art magazine (founded in 2013) that surveys the global art scene from a distinctly Asian perspective and provides an important independent platform upon which artists, art critics, philosophers, film professionals and comic artists, as well as other participants in Asian discourse, can display, discuss and create work, both within and beyond the print magazine.

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