Edited by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Massimiliano Gioni
"Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Primitive" will be the first New York exhibition devoted to the work of the internationally acclaimed Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Primitive (2009)—which is having its American debut at the New Museum—is his most ambitious project to date: a multi-platform work consisting of an installation of seven videos and related pieces. Weerasethakul's works are often set in the lush forests and quiet villages of the rural Isaan region of northeast Thailand. His films use inventive narrative structures to explore intersections between man and nature, rural and urban life, and personal and political memory. Surreal imagery and a sensuous, languid pace give his work a dreamlike quality. Characters shift identities fluidly, and often reappear in subsequent films. Eschewing Western cinematic references, Weerasethakul's filmic language draws upon a range of local influences, from Thai folklore to television soap operas. This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition.
New Museum; 2011; Softcover; 5.5" x 8"; 71 pp; 25 images; ISBN 9780915557950