Visitors to Oklahoma City have the rare opportunity to view the works of Cannes Film Festival award winning filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a leading figure in contemporary film and art, at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. On display through June 10, Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness uniquely presents a selected survey of rarely seen experimental short films and video installations by the Thai filmmaker, alongside his photography, sketches and archival materials that explore threads of socio-political commentary.
This exhibition represents the last stop in the Western Hemisphere in the international tour of these works. Apichatpong’s works push the boundaries of traditional film and contemporary art to give a voice to the subjects and people about which he is passionate. The exhibition is accompanied by a retrospective of Apichatpong’s theatrical releases in the Samuel Roberts Noble Theater.
Apichatpong’s work is an outward expression of his passionate positions regarding class, labor, sexuality, science and spirituality. As an immersive, conceptual and contemporary experience, the exhibition reveals stories often excluded in history in and out of Thailand: voices of the poor and the ill, marginalized people, and those silenced and censored for personal and political reasons. He has developed a realist-surrealist style in which the portrayal of the everyday alongside supernatural elements suggests a distortion between fact and folklore, the subconscious and the exposed, and various disparities of power.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness is a traveling exhibition curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with the generous support from MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai; ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City's Arts District, at 415 Couch Drive. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed on Monday and major holidays. For more information call (405) 236-3100 or visit www.okcmoa.com.
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