HangarBicocca announces Apichatpong Weerasethakul Primitive
HangarBicocca presents Apichatpong Weerasethakul Primitive on view 8 March–28 April 2013.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, I’m Still Breathing (still), 2009. Photo: Chai Siri. © Kick the Machine Films and Illuminations Films.
HangarBicocca presents Primitive, the first solo exhibition in Italy by Thai artist and film director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, from 7 March to 28 April 2013. The Primitive project is conceived here in its most complete and dense version in a new display.
Curated by Andrea Lissoni and made possible by the support of Pirelli, the multi-platform project leads the visitor into a world of cinema and sound, documentary-interviews and music clips, with a mix of artistic genres and languages that create a truly choral work. The work focuses on the young inhabitants of Nabua, a village in northern Thailand, who are seen in their everyday lives and and in their project to build a spaceship. This becomes a symbolic means for imagining a different future, but also a place for coming together and escaping from reality.
A contemporary tale in which we find biographical elements and reflections on history, youth culture and spirituality, with dreamlike atmospheres and social criticism, Primitive is also a reflection on the cinema and on how it is transforming our way of seeing. It does so by simultaneously juxtaposing a number of visions, in ways that may be contemplative or distracted, immersive or fleeting, intimate or shared.
The power of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s work comes mainly from his ability to convey universal themes such as the overwhelming strength of youth, the coexistence of life and death, the violence of war and the ability of man to find redemption, and he achieves this by starting out from the history of his country and the story of his own life.
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