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Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Ocula Conversation Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Tessa Moldan, Brussels

With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.

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Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Los Angeles

Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.

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Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Ocula Insight Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Apoorva Rajagopal, Dublin

Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul Related Press

Artes Mundi 8: Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul wins £40,000 prize Related Press Artes Mundi 8: Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul wins £40,000 prize 24 January 2019, BBC News

Indie Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul has won the £40,000 Artes Mundi contemporary art prize. The judges said his film Invisibility was 'a powerful weapon in these turbulent times'. The 48-year-old gave a UK premiere to his dream-like work, projected over two screens and showing two figures rising from their beds in separate rooms....

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The man with the exploding head: the director inspired by his medical condition Related Press The man with the exploding head: the director inspired by his medical condition 24 October 2018, The Guardian

Apichatpong Weerasethakul's house in northern Thailand is a luscious jungle paradise full of polished concrete and teak, palm trees and bamboo. Even the air smells zen. The house's three gatekeepers, Dracula, King Kong and Vampire, do little to disturb the peace. They are pugs – named because Weerasethakul loves horror movies – who have a...

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Exhibition Review: On the Periphery of Vision Related Press Exhibition Review: On the Periphery of Vision 4 July 2018, Musée Magazine

On the Periphery of Vision, a group exhibition curated by Christopher Philips, features works in a variety of mediums including photography, painting, sculpture and film. On display is work by five artists: Bae Youngwhan, Michelle Charles, Koo Donghee, Shimpei Takeda and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The experiences depicted in the artworks border...

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The Thai director who shows the future of cinema Related Press The Thai director who shows the future of cinema 24 May 2018, BBC culture

It's a strange thing to meet a stranger whose dreams you've dreamed. That's what it feels like to find myself sitting across from Apichatpong Weerasethakul one afternoon in the thick-carpeted quiet of a Doha hotel. We are both at Qumra, a week-long industry event held annually in the Qatari capital, at which Apichatpong is one of 2018's attending...

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Singapore Art Week Related Press Singapore Art Week 23 February 2018, art agenda

Developed by the Singapore government in 2013 in an attempt to create hype around the fair Art Stage Singapore, Singapore Art Week (SAW) is a loose collection of events organized by museums, art spaces, and cultural producers. This year’s edition featured a series of festivals that turned the Civic District’s museums into glowing canvases for art...

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'BODY/PLAY/POLITICS': Asian and African artists at Yokohama Museum of Art Related Press 'BODY/PLAY/POLITICS': Asian and African artists at Yokohama Museum of Art 5 November 2016, Art Radar Journal

As a site of exploration, as much as it is a site of tension, the body – individual, human, but also collective and collectively shaped – is the focus for a range of artistic interpretations at the Yokohama Museum of Art. Showcasing the works of six artists from the United Kingdom and Nigeria, Japan and Southeast Asia,...

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The MAAT opens to the public Related Press The MAAT opens to the public

An undulating promenade enters, wraps and surmounts the new building’s roof. Inside, in MAAT director Pedro Gadanho’s words, ‘a totally fluid space, counter-intuitive to the idea of the white cube’ unfurls with a sequence of museological greatest hits woven into both the building’s physical form and the ambitions of...

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A prominent Thai artist says his country is becoming 'a hybrid of Singapore and North Korea' Related Press A prominent Thai artist says his country is becoming 'a hybrid of Singapore and North Korea' 9 October 2016, Quartz

Apichatpong Weerasethakul envies Hong Kong. Coming from a country that was taken over by a military coup two years ago, the acclaimed contemporary artist from Thailand says the ongoing political turmoil has not only turned his country backward, but also put his countrymen’s freedom under threat.

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'The Serenity of Madness': Thai filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul Related Press 'The Serenity of Madness': Thai filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul 8 September 2016, Art Radar Journal

Oniric atmospheres and lyrical rural landscapes, surreal imagery reflecting lost memories and superstitions, karmic events and a sensual, languid pace mark the oeuvre of renowned and acclaimed Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Born in 1970 in Khon Kaen in northeastern Thailand, Weerasethakul now lives and works in Chiang...

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'Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative': 11 stories from Asia at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai Related Press 'Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative': 11 stories from Asia at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai 1 July 2016, Art Radar Journal

Tell me a story sounds like a demand, but it is not a request for the truth. The exhibition is concerned with disrupting the narratives through which places are constituted. The choice of words is a warning too; this is not easy art with anecdotes and colourful locals, but art about how a change in perspective can produce a different territorial...

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Tate Modern's Switch House Related Press Tate Modern's Switch House 23 June 2016, Art Agenda

“When racism and sexism are no longer fashionable,” the Guerilla Girls asked in 1989, “what will your art collection be worth?” Predicting that “the art market won’t bestow mega-buck prices on the work of a few white males forever,” their printed notice listed 67 female artists (several of whom are now on...

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Weerasethakul on his hypnotic 'Cemetery Of Splendour' Related Press Weerasethakul on his hypnotic 'Cemetery Of Splendour' 21 June 2016, Dazed Digital

The lucid dreamer of world cinema, Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul – commonly known as ‘Joe’ to his friends and relieved bad spellers – has refined his style of playfully languorous storytelling across some of the most acclaimed films of the 21st century. Blissfully Yours,  2002,  Tropical Malady, ...

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20th Biennale of Sydney Related Press 20th Biennale of Sydney 28 October 2015, e-flux

The 20th Biennale of Sydney, inspired by a quote from author William Gibson, is titled The future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed . This edition will be presented at venues conceived by Stephanie Rosenthal as “embassies of thought.” An embassy traditionally functions as a state within a state: a host...

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Film Interview: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Related Press Film Interview: Apichatpong Weerasethakul 11 October 2015, BOMB Magazine

One of the most striking works unveiled at this year’s edition of Wavelengths, the experimental program at the Toronto International Film Festival, was not a “film,” but a seven-minute installation work by Thai auteur Apitchatpong Weerasethakul. Fireworks (Archives) , a one-channel video originally commissioned by Kurimanzutto...

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A Traveling Exhibition That Confronts Xenophobia at Every Stop Related Press A Traveling Exhibition That Confronts Xenophobia at Every Stop 15 April 2015, Observer

“A Journal of the Plague Year” is being shown concurrently at the Kadist Art Foundation and the Lab from April 1 through May 9. The show features work from contemporary artists like Ai Weiwei, Dorothea Lange, Paul McCarthy, Lygia Pape, Raymond Pettibon, and ASCO, in addition to historic documents borrowed from the UC Berkeley Library,...

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