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Apichatpong Weerasethakul Solo Exhibition


To commemorate the gallery’s 5th anniversary, KCUA presented a solo exhibition by Apichatpong Weerasethakul entitled Photophobia. Weerasethakul is globally recognized for his lyrical and meditative reflections upon modern Thai society. Approximately 40 works were selected for this exhibition with an emphasis on his video pieces, spanning from works made early in his career to new works that had yet to be shown in Japan. It was the first large-scale solo exhibition in the country and thus a rare opportunity for many to get to know the full scope of his practice.

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
@KCUA 1, 2, Gallery B, C
44 days
(2014.6.14 Sat.2014.7.27 Sun.)
Curated by
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Organized by
Kyoto City University of Arts
With additional funding from
Japan Arts Council
With the cooperation of
Tomo Suzuki Japan
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Artist Profiles

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Apichatpong Weerasethakul began making f ilms and v ideo shorts in 1994 and completed his f irst 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 f ilm Cactus River for the Walker Art Center, Minnesota, USA, and was featured in Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany. Apichatpong also received the Sharjah Biennial Prize at the 2013 Sharjah Biennial 11, UAE. He's also a recipient of the Fukuoka Prize, Japan, 2013.

Installation Views

photos by Takeru Koroda