Apichatpong Weerasethakul. “Primitive”, 2009. Video still.
Academy Lectures proudly presents a lecture and screening by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Thailand).
Weerasethakul began making films and video shorts in 1994 and completed his first feature in 2000. Lyrical and mysterious, his nonlinear works deal with memory and subtly invoke social issues. He works outside the commercial Thai film industry, devoting himself to promoting experimental and independent filmmaking through his production company Kick the Machine Films, which he founded in 1999. In 2010, his film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, France. Weerasethakul has also mounted exhibitions and installations, including the multi-screen project “Primitive”, 2009, which was presented at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2009); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2009); and the New Museum, New York, USA (2010), among other venues. In 2012, he created the online film “Cactus River” for the Walker Art Center, Minnesota, USA, and was featured in Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany. Weerasethakul also received the Sharjah Biennial Prize at the 2013 Sharjah Biennial 11, UAE. He’s also a recipient of the Fukuoka Prize, Japan, 2013.
“Photophobia” – Book launch and exhibition opening:
Friday 4. October: Book launch at Kunstnernes Hus, in collaboration with TrAP and Wuxia. Wednesday 9. October: Artist talk, conversation with Susanne Winterling at 5pm and exhibition opening at 6pm, Stenersenmuseet.