The Vapor of Melancholy, 2014
Power Boy (From For Tomorrow For Tonight), 2011
While capturing the frenetic flowing and throbbing of this electric world, Thai filmmaker and visual artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who won the Palme d'Or in Cannes in 2010, takes us into the depths of the night, into the depths of a land of ghosts and apparitions. Echoes of the political conflicts in a country so close to the abyss release a surge of dreams and the power of a territory on the cusp of reality and dreams, darkness and light – a refuge in which another world can be imagined. "Cinema is a creator of a surreal life," wrote Apollinaire in 1909, and one can see how Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s works give shape to enigmatic presences that seek to preserve, in a faintly evanescent form, a living image of things destined to disappear, or to be reborn.
Here, The Vapour of Melancholy shows the artist's partner, in bed, as if surrounded by an explosion of fireworks. Power Boy (From For Tomorrow For Tonight) is taken from the movie of the same name and shows a young man in the distance, who seems to be wrapped in a wreath of light, as if the intoxicating light had entered the realm of dream.
With backing from Kurimanzutto, Mexico City and Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London