b. Bangkok Thailand, 1970; Lives and works Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a film director, artist, and writer known for his experimental and poetic approach to cinema. His films often explore the intersection of memory, myth, and contemporary politics, and are characterized by their dreamlike, meditative quality. Subjects present in his films include dreams, nature, sexuality and Western perceptions of Thailand and Asia. In addition to his work in film, Weerasethakul is also an accomplished artist, working outside of the Thai film studio system. In this capacity, he has worked in a range of mediums including installation, photography, drawing and video. His work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums around the world. Through his ground-breaking work in film and the visual arts, Apichatpong Weerasethakul has established himself as an original and thought-provoking artist, pushing the boundaries of cinema by displaying a preference for unconventional narrative structures and for working with non-actors.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul's recent solo exhibitions include The Serenity of Madness, Oklahoma City Museum of Art (2018); Fever Room, Taichung Theater (2018); The Serenity of Madness, Sullivan Galleries of the Art, Institute of Chicago (2017); Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Monuments, ShangArt, Shanghai (2017); Memoria, SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo (2017); The Serenity of Madness, Para Site, Hong Kong (2016); Primitive, Tate Modern, London (2016); Fireworks (Archives), Art Gallery of Ontario (2015); Photophobia, Kyoto City University of Arts, Art Gallery, Kyoto (2014); Dilbar, 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013); and For Tomorrow For Tonight, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2011). Recent group exhibitions include Floating Worlds, 14th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2017); SUNSHOWER:Contemporary Art from South East Asia 1980s to now, MORI Art Museum, Tokyo (2017); Saitama Triennale, Saitama (2016); Tell Me A Story: Locality and Narrative, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2016); and Documenta 13, Kassel (2012). He won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, France in 2010 and was shortlisted for the 2010 Hugo Boss Award.