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Apichatpong’s new installation, Fireworks (Fans), is on at the Biennale of Sydney 2016

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a retrospective of Apichatpong Weerasethakul at the Cinema Galerie
April 12 - May 29, 2016

MEMORANDUM features the work of the Thai artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul who is recognised as one of the most original voices in contemporary art and cinema. The project offers a detailed view on his practice that span 22 years. His feature films and (newly remastered) shorts will be presented at the Cinema Galeries theatres, while the video installations are specifically curated for the Cinema Galeries’ underground exhibition space. The show presents a rare and intimate look at Apichatpong’s ‘moving image diaries’, his interpretation of personal politics and social issues. The diversity of lights here evokes his fascination with the forms of experimental film, documentary, and science-fiction.

MEMORANDUM will coincide with Apichatpong’s performance,
FEVER ROOM, presented at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, from May 21 - 25, 2016

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Mai Iam Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, is to be opened to the public in July 2016 with the permanent collection show and the temporary exhibition, Serenity of the Madness, the retrospective of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a long time residence of Chiangmai. The show will be curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, a chief curator of Jim Thompson Art Center, and his long term collaborator. This retrospective is a traveling exhibition, co-produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.

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I remember as a schoolboy sitting in the dark watching a cartoon character succumb to malaria. He was bitten in the arm by a mosquito the size of his head. He trembled under the layers of blankets.

With civil unrest erupting repeatedly in Thailand in the course of the past decades, I have noticed that I started to sleep more. I have started to jot down my dreams. I have produced many movies, in dreams. In reality, people are being gunned down in the streets. Books are banned.

I write this film as a rumination on Thailand, a feverish nation. It will be the first film that takes place entirely in my hometown, Khon Kaen. It’s also a very personal portrait of the places that have latched onto me like parasites - the elementary school, the hospital, the library, the lake. Like the sleepers in this film, I shun the malady of reality, and together we take refuge in dreams of forever.

- Apichatpong Weerasethakul on Love in Khon Kaen


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