Palme d’Or in Cannes, this Thai filmmaker explores the world of dreams in Villeurbanne

Periphery of the night, this is the title of this exhibition which will open its doors from July 2 to November 28, 2021 at theInstitute of Contemporary Art of Villeurbanne (IAC), near Lyon. The place has given carte blanche to filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul to create an immersive installation that promises visitors an experience that is both sensory and psychic.

Twenty works combining rear projection, suspended projections, holographic filters punctuate this 1200 m² exhibition on a route that plunges the visitor into the heart of a universe populated by men and animals, ghosts and forests. A disturbing, sometimes disturbing universe, like the jungle on the edge of which Apichatpong lived during his Thai childhood.

This edge is also the one that separates day from night, the real world and that of dreams. There is a fine line between the two, and sleep sometimes makes it possible to abolish it. It is this world that the filmmaker tried to explore at the IAC.

Dreams are for me a world that intrigues and fascinates. It is the place where people produce their own images.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Filmmaker

“It’s as if in your sleep, you made your own cinema, continues the director. In this exhibition, I wanted to dwell on this border between the conscious and the unconscious, this passage from day to night. That sort of of them that you can walk through or get stuck in. ”

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, & nbsp; Fireworks (Archives), 2014 (Kick the Machine)

We can also be stuck in a reality that oppresses us. Committed artist, Apichatpong Weerasethakul followed and supported Thai students who regularly demonstrated in 2020 to demand constitutional reforms (including a framework for the monarchy). A youth that needs dreams and escape. “Dreams are freedom explains the filmmaker. You can get out of your body, get out of your problems. When you dream, you are not constrained by your social situation or by politics. This is what we need in Thailand, a place to escape. ”

If his surname does not mean anything to the general public, moviegoers know Apichatpong Weerasethakul well. This 50-year-old director has made a strong impression on Cannes viewers and critics on two occasions. In 2002, he won the Best Film Award in the Un Certain Regard section with Blissfully yours. Then in 2010, with Uncle Boonme (the one who remembered his previous lives), he won the prestigious Palme d’Or. This year, Weerasethakul will once again be present on the Croisette with Memoria, a feature film shot in Colombia, which brings together Tilda Swinton and Jeanne Balibar.

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Peryphery Of The Night / Solo show Apichatpong Weerasethakul

From July 2 to November 28, 2021 at the Institut d’art contemporain de Villeurbanne (IAC), 11 rue Docteur Dolard 69100 Villeurbanne – France t. +33 (0) 4 78 03 47 00 – Wednesday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. & weekends from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Prices from € 4 to € 6

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Palme d’Or in Cannes, this Thai filmmaker explores the world of dreams in Villeurbanne