Unknown Forces: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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Unknown Forces: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

631 West 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
April 18th, 2007 - June 17th, 2007
Opening: April 18th, 2007 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

downtown/east la
Tue-Sun 12-6 or Intermission
experimental/performance, film


Internationally recognized for his work in experimental and narrative cinema such asMysterious Object at Noon (2000), Blissfully Yours (2002), Tropical Malady (2004) andSyndromes and A Century (2006), Apichatpong Weerasethakul presents his first solo exhibition in the United States. Weerasethakul’s films explore perception, impermanence and the imaginary, cultivating fanciful potential within the mundane. His abstract interchanges interrogate conventions of cinematic narrative while exploring desire, reality and a kind of melancholy perhaps peculiar to our times.

Weerasethakul’s exhibition at REDCAT features a newly commissioned video installation that expands upon characters developed in his previous feature films, shorts and video installations through comedy. Born in Bangkok in 1970, Weerasethakul holds a degree in architecture from Khon Kaen University and an MFA in filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has worked outside the Thai studio system for a decade and, since 1999, has actively promoted and distributed experimental and independent films through his company Kick the Machine.

In anticipation of the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of Syndromes and a Century, REDCAT will present a selection of Weerasethakul’s films. Screenings include Mysterious Object at Noon, Blissfully Yours, Tropical Malady, and Worldly Desires and other shorts selected by the artist.

Weerasethakul has exhibited and screened his films widely and has been presented numerous awards for his art projects and feature films including the Prix Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, 2002; the Prix du Jury, Cannes Film Festival, 2004; Age d’or Prize, Cine de’couvertes, 2004; and Grand Prize, Tokyo Filmex, 2004. In 2005, he received the Silpatorn Award from Thailand Ministry of Culture’s Office of Contemporary Arts.

Related screenings:
Mon, June 4: Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)
Wed, June 6: Blissfully Yours (2002)
Fri, June 8: Recent short works:
  Anthem (2006, 35mm, 5 min.)
  FAITH (2006, video, 11 min.)
  Ghost of Asia (2005, video, 8:30 min.)
  Worldly Desires (2005, video, 40 min.)
  Luminous People (2007, video, 15:22 min.)
Sat, June 9: Tropical Malady (2004)