ShanghART Gallery 香格纳画廊
中文

Blue
APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL 阿彼察邦·韦拉斯哈古
2018
Single-channel video
HD video, 5:1 audio, color
Installation version 10 minutes 10 seconds | Short film version (with end credits) 12 minutes 16 seconds
Edition of 5 + 2AP
AW_6016

Apichatpong Weerasethakul has an affinity for cinema’s transcendental capacities to illuminate an ethereal world where humans, animals, and spirits coexist and transmigrate. He combines the history and imagery of his home country, particularly that of the Northeast of Thailand, and also brings together influences and sources from a wide variety of storytelling traditions. However, his films are not only stories, but are also vibrations of emotions, and about something invisible yet enchanting.
In the hushed yet unsettling Blue, the video blurs the boundary between personal and collective memories and enacts a new layer of memories augmented in the audiences’ experience. Jenjira Pongpas Widner, Apichatpong’s frequent collaborator, slumbers whilst the makeshift stage of Likay, a Thai folk theatre, keeps automatically changing its backdrop. At the threshold of consciousness, the theatrical scenery forges a transitional space between corporeality and incorporeality. Like his other works, Blue hovers in a realm of uncertainty that reflects a state of national despair and failed utopia.

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Related Exhibitions:
Periphery of the Night, Institut d’art contemporain, Lyon, France 07.02, 2021 -11.28, 2021
Artist Trio Show: Geng Jianyi, Liang Shaoji and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing 07.13, 2019 -08.25, 2019
58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy 05.11, 2019 -11.24, 2019