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Apichatpong was born in Bangkok and 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. He has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998. Apichatpong is recognized as a major international filmmaker and visual artist. His works are characterized by their use of non-linear storytelling, often dealing with themes of memory, loss, identity, desire, and history. His works have won him widespread international recognition and numerous awards, including the Cannes Jury Prize in 2021 for Memoria, his first film shot outside of Thailand featuring Tilda Swinton. He also won 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. His art prizes include the Sharjah Biennial Prize (2013), the Fukuoka Prize (2013), the Yanghyun Art Prize (2014) and the Artes Mundi Award (2019). His installations have been shown at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, The New Museum in New York, MAIIAM Contemporary in Chiang Mai, Documenta in Kassel, and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taipei, among others. His artworks include the multi-screen project Primitive (2009), Fireworks (Archives) (2014), and Invisibility (2016). They have been acquired by major institutions such as Tate Modern, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Centre Georges Pompidou, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, M+, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, and SFMOMA. His recent installations include Constellations (2018), Fiction (2018), SleepCinemaHotel (2018), A Minor History (2021, 2022), and A Conversation with the Sun (2022). Apichatpong lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

Selected Awards and Honours
Kriangsak Silakong Achievement Award, Word Film Festival, Thailand, 2022
Grand Prix d’Honneur, FIDMarseille International Film Festival, France, 2021 (Memoria)
Prix du Jury, Cannes Film Festival, France, 2021 (Memoria)
Artes Mundi Prize, UK, 2019
FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) Award, 2018
Mikeldi Honor Award, Zinebi Film Festival, Spain 2018
Commandeur de l'ordre des arts et des lettres, France, 2017
The Prince Claus Awards, The Netherlands, 2016 (Principal Laureate)
Grand Prize, Bildrausch Film Festival, Basel, Switzerland 2016 (Cemetery of Splendour)
Asia Pacific Screen Award, Australia 2016 (Cemetery of Splendour)
Gijon Film Festival Award, Spain 2015
The Yanghyun Art Prize, Korea, 2014
The Silver Mirror Honorary Award, Films From the South Festival, Norway, 2013
Fukuoka Prize (Art and Culture), Fukuoka, Japan, 2013
The Sharjah Biennial Prize, Sharjah Biennial 11th, UAE, 2013
Officiers de l'ordre des arts et des lettres, France, 2011
Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival, France, 2010 (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives)
Winner of Asia Art Award Forum, Seoul, Korea, 2010
One of the shortlisted for Hugo Boss Award, Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, New York, USA, 2010
Syndromes and a Century was voted the best film of the decade from a poll conducted with international film scholars by Cinematheque Ontario, Canada, 2009
Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres, France, 2008
The Fine Prize, for outstanding emerging artist, The 55th Carnegie International, USA, 2008 (Unknown Forces installation)
Best Film Award, 9th Deauville Asian Film Festival, France, 2007 (Syndromes and a Century)
Silpatorn Award, Thailand’s Ministry of Culture, Office of Contemporary Arts, 2005
Special Jury Prize, Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore, 2005. (Tropical Malady)
Best Film and Special Jury Prize, The 20th International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Turin, 2005 (Tropical Malady)
Prix du Jury, Cannes Film Festival, France, 2004 (Tropical Malady)
Grand Prize, Tokyo Filmex, Tokyo, 2004 (Tropical Malady)
L’Age d’or Prize, Cine-decouvertes, Belgium 2004 (Tropical Malady)
The International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI Prize), Buenos Aires Film Festival, 2003 (Blissfully Yours)
Silver Screen Award: Young Cinema Award, Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore, 2003 (Blissfully Yours)
Prix Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, France, 2002 (Blissfully Yours)

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Screenings

Solar galeria de arte cinematica, Vila do Conde, Portugal, Waterfall, July 8-Sept. 10.

REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), Los Angeles, Unknown Forces:
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Apr.19-June 17.

Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Commemoration, Nov.14-Dec. 21.

SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Replicas, Jan. 9-26.

Haus der Kunst, Munich, Primitive, Feb.20-June 1. Traveled to FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, Sept. 24-Nov. 29.

Arsenal, Institut fur Film und Videokunst, Berlin,Tropical Mysteries, Luminous People, Die Filme Von Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Apr. 1-15.

Filmmuseum, MunchnerStadtmuseum, Munich, Retrospektive Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Apr. 3-15.

The Box, Wexner Center for the Arts,Columbus, Ohio, Phantoms of Nabua. June 1-30.

Musee d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Apichatpong Weerasethakul- PRIMITIVE, Oct.1,2009-Jan. 3, 2010.


SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Native Land, Mar. 12-Apr. 17.

51st Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece, Retrospective: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Dec. 3-12.

Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, PRIMITIVE, Apr. 8-May 1., with a retrospective at CPH:PIX Copenhagen Film Festival, Apr.14-May 1.

University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), Mexico City, PRIMITIVE, Feb. 26-Jun. 5., with a retrospective at FICUNAM Festival Internaticional de Cine, Feb. 18-Mar. 30.

The New Museum, New York, Apichatpong Weerasethakul: PRIMITIVE, May 19-
July 3.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, For Tomorrow For Tonight, July 27 - October 31.

UCCA, Beijing, For Tomorrow For Tonight, Nov 26, 2011 - Feb 10, 2012.

Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, PRIMITIVE, Dec. 1, 2011-Feb. 29, 2012.

The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Photophobia, Oct. 10 - Dec. 15, 2013.

Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, Double Visions, Apr. 11 - May 17, 2014.

Kurimanzutto Gallery, Mexico City, Fireworks, May 17 – Jun. 14, 2014.

Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery, Kyoto, Photophobia, Jun 14 – Jul. 27, 2014.

SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Fireworks (Archives), Sept 11 – Oct 4, 2014

Asian Arts Theatre, Gwangju, Korea, Fever Room, a performance by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, September 4 – 6, 2015

AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), Toronto, Canada, Fireworks (Archives), Sept 10 – 27, 2015

The 53rd Gijón International Film Festival, Spain, Retrospective: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Nov. 20 – 28, 2015


Tate Modern, London, UK, Tate Film Pioneers: Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Mirages (Retrospective of Films and Videos), Apr 8 – 10, 2016

Cinema Galeries, Brussels, Belgium, Memorandum: Apichatpong’s Retrospective of Films and Installations, Apr 12 – May 29, 2016

Galerie Torri, Paris, France, Fire Garden, Apr 29 – May 5, 2016

Mai Iam Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Serenity of Madness: Apichatpong’s Selective Survey, July 3 – Sept 30, 2016

Para Site, Hong Kong, Serenity of Madness: Apichatpong’s Selective Survey, Sep 18 – Nov 27, 2016

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Ghost in the Darkness, Dec 13, 2016 – Jan 29, 2017


Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Serenity of Madness: Apichatpong’s Selective Survey, Feb 17, 2017 – May 11, 2017

ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai, Monuments, May 28, 2017 – July 27, 2017

SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Memoria, July 7 – Aug 4, 2017

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, Serenity of Madness: Apichatpong’s Selective Survey, Sep 16 – Dec 8, 2017


Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Luminous Shadows, February 2, 2018 - April 1, 2018

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma, Serenity of Madness: Apichatpong’s Selective Survey, March 31, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Oliva Creative Factory, São João da Madeira, Portugal, Serenity of Madness: Apichatpong’s Selective Survey, June 22, 2018 - June 10, 2018

Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid, Fiction, June 26, 2018 - July 28, 2018


Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Serenity of Madness: Apichatpong’s Selective Survey, November 30, 2019 - March 15, 2020

Gallery Seescape, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Almost Fiction, December 21, 2019 - February 21, 2020


Institut d'art contemporain (IAC), Villeurbanne, France, Periphery of the Night, July 2, 2021 - November 28, 2021

100 Tonson Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand, A Minor History, August 19, 2021 - April 10, 2022

Contemporary Art Centre of Barcelona (CAC), Spain, Periphery of the Night, Feb 19, 2022 - May 22, 2022

Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand, A Conversation with The Sun, May 28, 2022 - July 10, 2022

Kiang Malingue, Hong Kong, A Planet of Silence, November 26, 2022 - February 18, 2023

Selected Group Exhibitions and Screenings

Project 304, Bangkok, World Artists for Tibet Exhibition, July 5-Aug. 30.

Gallery of Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, and Art and Design, Faculty of Decorative Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Euro-Visions, Oct.11-31.

Tirana Biennale 1, Albania, Sept. 15-Oct. 15. Exh. cat.

7th International Istanbul Biennial, Sept. 22-Nov.17. Exh. cat.

Musee d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Traversees, Oct. 25, 2001- Jan. 6, 2002 (Haunted House [2001] presented by Christelle Lheureux). Exh. cat.

The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Alien {gener} ation, May 3-30.

Japan Foundation Forum and Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Under Construction: New Dimensions of Asian Art, Dec. 7, 2002-Mar. 2, 2003. Exh. cat.

Busan Biennale 2004, South Korea, Aug.21-Oct. 31. Exh. cat.

Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius, Lithuania, Slow Rushes: Takes on the documentary sensibility in moving images from around Asia and the Pacific, Sept. 10-Oct. 31. Traveled to Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand, Slow Rushes for Auckland, June 15-July 9, 2005. Exh. cat.

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei Biennial 2004, Taiwan, Oct. 23, 2004-Jan. 23, 2005. Exh. cat.

The Pantagruel Syndrome:T1 Torino Triennial Threemuseums, Turin, Nov.11, 2005-Mar. 19, 2006. Exh. cat.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Politics of Fun, Sept. 30-Nov. 20. Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius, Lithuania, BMW. The IX Baltic Triennial of International Art, Sept. 23-Nov. 20. Exh. cat.

Kunstverein Munchen, Munich, Anna Sanders Films, July 8-10. Traveled to KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, July 14-15.

KunstenFESTIVALdesArts, Brussels, Worldly Desires, Apr. 30-May 9.

Institut de cultura de Barcelona, La Capella, Barcelona, Bangkok-Bangkok, Feb.8-Apr.10. Exh. cat.

Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia,The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Dec. 2, 2006-May 27, 2007. Exh. cat.

Liverpool Biennial 2006, Sept. 16-Nov. 26. Exh. cat.

Sculpture Center, Long Island City, Grey Flags, May 7-July 30. Traveled to CAPC Musee d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, Dec. 20, 2006-Mar. 18, 2007. Exh. cat.

Magasin, Centre national d’art contemporain, Grenoble, France, Cinema(s). Jan. 22 May 7.

National Palace Museum, Taipei,Taiwan, Discovering the Other, July 7-Aug.19.

KunstFilmBiennale 2007, Cologne and Bonn, Germany, Oct. 18-24. Exh. cat.

Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, May 3, 2008-Jan.11, 2009. Exh. cat.

VideoZone 4: The 4th International Video Art Biennial in Israel, Tel Aviv, Nov. 25-Dec. 1. Exh. cat.

International Triennale of Contemporary Art: Re-Reading the Future, Prague, June 3-Sept. 14. Exh. cat.

Singapore Biennale 2008: Wonder, Sept.11-Nov.16. Exh. cat.The Third Guangzhou Triennial - Fareweell to Post- Colonialism, China, Sept. 6-Nov. 16. Exh. cat.

Le Spot, Le Havre, France, UN AUTRECINEMA: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster /Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jan. 10-24.

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), Sydney,The view from elsewhere, Mar. 19-June 13. Traveled to Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art,Brisbane, Australia, July 25-Nov. 15. Exh. cat.

SeMA Gyeonghuigung Annex, Trust: Media City Seoul, Seoul, Sept. 7-Nov. 17.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Transformation, Tokyo, Oct. 29-Jan. 30.

Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Aug. 6-Nov. 6, 2011 

Leo Xu Projects Gallery, Boy: A Contemporary Portrait, Shanghai, Feb. 19-Apr. 8.
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Jun. 20-Jul. 19, 2012.

InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, To Bring the World into the World, Toronto, Oct. 24-Nov. 17

Lille3000: Fantastic 2012, Lille, Oct. 6-Jan. 13, 2013

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Thai Transience, Singapore, Oct. 26-Jan. 6, 2013

The 11th Sharjah Biennial 11, Re:emerge, Towards a New Cultural Cartography, Sharjah, UAE, Mar. 13 - May 13, 2013

DM Gallery, School of Art, Design and Media at NTU Singapore, FAITH AND FAIRY TALES: New Media Art for Thailand, 14 March 14 – April 17, 2014

Arko Art Center, A Journal of the Plague Year, Traveling exhibition from Para-site HK, Seoul, Aug 30 – Nov 16, 2014

Midtown POP, Mobile M+: Moving Images, Hong Kong, Mar 13 – Apr 26, 2015

Kadist Art Foundation, A Journal of the Plague Year, Traveling exhibition from Para-site HK, San Francisco, USA, Apr 1 – May 9, 2015

Watari-Um Museum, TODAY IS THE DAY - 70th Years Memorial of Atomic Bombs in Hiroshima, Tokyo, Japan, Jul 19 – Aug 31, 2015

Temporary Gallery, I SEE, SO I SEE SO. MESSAGES FROM HARRY SMITH, Cologne, Germany, Sep 05 – Dec 20, 2015

Nikolaj Kunsthal, EMBODIED, Copenhagen, Denmark, Nov 5 – 29, 2015

20th Biennale of Sydney, The Future is Already Here - It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed, Sydney, Australia, Mar. 18 – Jun. 5, 2016

Aomori Art Museum, Earth 2016: Roots and Routes, Aomori, Japan, Jul 23 – Sept 25, 2016

Saitama Triennale 2016, Envisioning the Future!, Saitama, Japan, Sep 24 – Dec 11, 2016

Yokohama Museum of Art, Body/ Play/ Politics, Yokohama, Japan, Oct 1 – Dec 14, 2016

Nam June Paik Art Center, Undead Cinema, Seoul, Korea, March 9 – June 11, 207

The EYE Amsterdam, Locus: Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Cao Guimarães, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Sep 16 – Dec 3, 2017

The Rochehcouart Museum of contemporary art, L’air vibre du bourdonnement des insects, France, Oct 7 – Dec 17, 2017

58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, May You Live in Interesting Times, featuring works in the Giardini and the Arsenal, May 11 - Nov 24, 2019

15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, UK, Sep 19 - 22, 2019

M WOODS Museum, Ryuichi Sakamoto: seeing sound hearing time,
with collaborative works by Shiro Takatani, Daito Manabe, Zakkubalan, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Beijing, China, March 15, 2021 - August 8, 2021

Aichi Triennale, Japan, Still Alive, July 30 - October 10, 2022