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Locus: Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Cao Guimarães

Exhibition
16 September through 3 December 2017

This autumn EYE is organizing a major exhibition on the work of two prominent film artists: Apichatpong Weerasethakul (1970) and Cao Guimarães (1965). Their acclaimed work evokes a world that blends dream, sensory experience and reality, inviting visitors to momentarily step out of their rationally structured lives.

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Thai artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul won a Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival in 2010. In addition, he creates video installations, photographs and experimental documentaries that transcend the confines of cinema. Brazilian artist Cao Guimarães is primarily known for his short films and video installations, but he also creates remarkable movies and photographic works. Both artists are steeped in their local contexts. Apichatpong and Guimarães draw inspiration from the landscapes, stories, history and socio-political conditions of their respective countries, while their work also explores memory, time, friendship and human dignity. 

Guimarães and Weerasethakul are like-minded artists whose work starts with the ordinary, everyday life all around us, but it requires an exceptional eye, a trained eye, to reveal its beauty, colours, rhythms, light, sounds and smells. Both artists make humane works that raise the ‘ordinary’ to another level. Their creations evoke a sensory world that invites observers to immerse themselves and escape from their limited and often rational way of thinking.

Primitive was commissioned by Haus der Kunst, Munich with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool and Animate Projects, London. Produced by Illuminations Films and Kick the Machine Films.

for tomorrow, 21 Sep 2017
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Cemetery of Splendour, 2015

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Primitive, 2009, installation FACT, Liverpool

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Primitive, 2009, installation Haus der Kunst Munich

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Primitive, 2009, installation New Museum, New York

  • Cao Guimarães, Da Janela do meu quarto, 2004

  • Cao Guimarães, Quarta Feira de Cinzas, 2006

  • Cao Guimarães, Sin Peso, 2007

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, honoured with the 2016 Prince Claus Award, has taken part in major film festivals in Cannes, Venice, Rotterdam, Toronto and elsewhere. He was a participating artist in documenta 13 in Kassel (2012) and in various biennales, and he has had major presentations at, among others, Haus der Kunst in Munich, The New Museum in New York, and Tate Modern in London.

Most of Weerasethakul’s films, photographs, experimental videos and film installations are set in the north-east of Thailand, the region where he grew up. Weerasethakul is interested in the history, memory and sensory experience of this region. His world makes no distinction between the present and past, between visible reality and dreamed truth. Many of his works feature ‘spirits’ — ancestors, wood nymphs, figures from ancient legends or from mythical stories. The seemingly casual way they form part of his filmed reality shows that, for Weerasethakul, they are no strangers but simply part of life.

The exhibition at EYE features large big film installation Primitive. It consists of eight short and slightly longer ‘mini films’ or ‘sketches’ that capture the lives of a number of teenagers in Nabua, a small village in the north-east of Thailand. In the 1960s and 70s, this village was the scene of battle between Thai military forces and local civilians who were accused of being communist or having communist sympathies. In this village ‘full of repressed memories’, Weerasethakul films teenagers who gather to chat, play football and daydream. Just like in all his work, this film demonstrates his attentive way of looking, his protracted shots, his heightened sensitivity to both natural and artificial light, and also his ability to subtly invite viewers to reflect on their own lives and on the deeper layers behind our daily existence.

Cao Guimarães

The work of Cao Guimarães has featured at major film festivals around the world, including Locarno, Cannes, Rotterdam, Sundance and Venice, and it has been exhibited and acquired by prominent museums such as the Tate Modern in London, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Inhotim Institute in Belo Horizonte, Jumex collection in Mexico City, and Fondation Cartier in Paris.

Like Weerasethakul, Cao Guimarães also has a keen eye for small occurrences, objects, colours and sounds that one normally doesn’t notice. The power of Guimarães lies in revealing the casual poetry in the ordinary. His films are populated by minuscule insects, soap bubbles, raindrops, petals falling on the ground, footprints, bits of fluff floating in the air. He is drawn to those very places where people live but are often overlooked, people who avoid the predictably structured lives we are expected to live in a modern capitalist society. Not only people on the fringes of society, drifters and hermits, but also children who, to him, represent the freedom to live as you want, free of any rules of behaviour and full of uncertainty about how to proceed. Guimarães presents us with alternative ways of living, offering us space to break free from our own, structured lives.  

Another important element in his work is the landscape and other natural phenomena such as sunlight, weather, reflections of light on water. We also see that the relationship between people and their natural environment is not a hierarchical one but a natural connection.

The work of Cao Guimarães is situated at the interface between cinema and art. Self-taught, he pays little heed to prevailing rules and predictable forms of filmmaking. Although documentary by nature, his images seem to float between familiar reality and a world in which the senses enjoy free reign and – just as in the work of Weerasethakul – break free from rational considerations. And in that way, Guimarães’s images also evoke a world that blends dream, sensory experience and reality.

Agenda

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017

Sunday, 24 Sep 2017

  • 19:00
    24 Sep 2017
    film

    O homem das multidões

    Cao Guimarães and Marcelo Gomes, 2013

    A visually enchanting portrait of two lonely city dwellers in Belo Horizonte, where Cao Guimarães was...

Monday, 25 Sep 2017

  • 17:00
    25 Sep 2017
    film

    Mysterious Object at Noon

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul , TH 2000

    An extraordinary trip through the landscapes and mindscapes of rural Thailand, designed as a...

Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017

  • 10:30
    26 Sep 2017
    film

    O homem das multidões

    Cao Guimarães and Marcelo Gomes, 2013

    A visually enchanting portrait of two lonely city dwellers in Belo Horizonte, where Cao Guimarães was...

Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017

  • 10:30
    27 Sep 2017
    film

    Cemetery of Splendour

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul , TH/UK/FR/DE/MY 2015

    In 2010 the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the Golden Palm at Cannes with his Uncle...

  • 17:00
    27 Sep 2017
    film

    O fim do sem fim

    Cao Guimarães/Beto Magalhães/Lucas Bambozzi, BR 2001

    Filmmaker and artist Cao Guimarães often focuses on social themes, but always manages to avoid one-...

Thursday, 28 Sep 2017

  • 21:00
    28 Sep 2017
    film

    Blissfully Yours

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, TH 2002

    This original and imaginative love story immerses the viewer in a languid day in the wood and the...

Sunday, 1 Oct 2017

  • 21:00
    1 Oct 2017
    film

    Rua de mão dupla

    Cao Guimarães, BR 2002

    Filmmaker Cao Guimarães asked two people who had never met to swap houses for 24 hours. They were...

Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017

  • 17:00
    4 Oct 2017
    film

    The Adventure of Iron Pussy

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, TH 2003

    An extravagant and hilarious satire involving a Thai secret agent in drag on an undercover mission in...

Saturday, 7 Oct 2017

  • 21:30
    7 Oct 2017
    film

    Tropical Malady

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004

    This intoxicating romantic film will be experienced as a sensory adventure in the jungle. Pure,...

Sunday, 8 Oct 2017

  • 19:00
    8 Oct 2017
    film

    A alma do osso

    Cao Guimarães, BR 2004

    For his ‘Trilogy on Solitude', filmmaker Cao Guimarães travelled to the region of Minas Gerais in...

Monday, 9 Oct 2017

  • 21:00
    9 Oct 2017
    film

    Syndromes and a Century

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, TH/FR/AT 2006

    An engaging split-screen tale of two hospitals, one in rural Thailand, the other in the city. A...

Tuesday, 10 Oct 2017

Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017

  • 19:00
    11 Oct 2017
    film

    Acidente

    Cao Guimarães, Pablo Lobato, BR 2006

    A voyage of discovery through twenty cities in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The improvising filmmakers...

Thursday, 12 Oct 2017

  • 21:15
    12 Oct 2017
    film

    Andarilho

    Cao Guimarães, BR 2007

    A superbly beautiful film on the relationship between walking and thinking, movement and thought,...

Saturday, 14 Oct 2017

Monday, 16 Oct 2017

  • 21:30
    16 Oct 2017
    film

    Ex-Isto

    Cao Guimarães, BR 2010

    What if René Descartes had travelled to Brazil? In this fictitious story, the great philosopher is...

Monday, 23 Oct 2017

  • 17:30
    23 Oct 2017
    film

    Mekong Hotel

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, TH 2012

    A visual collage revolving around a spooky hotel near the Mekong river in northeast Thailand. ...

Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017

  • 21:00
    25 Oct 2017
    film

    Otto

    Cao Guimarães, BR 2012

    Cao Guimarães charts his wife’s pregnancy and the birth of their son in an intuitive way. The...

Thursday, 26 Oct 2017

  • 21:00
    26 Oct 2017
    film

    Cemetery of Splendour

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul , TH/UK/FR/DE/MY 2015

    In 2010 the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the Golden Palm at Cannes with his Uncle...

Sunday, 29 Oct 2017

  • 19:00
    29 Oct 2017
    film

    Railway Sleepers

    Sompot Chidgasornpongse, TH 2017

    A train journey along the edge of modernity and nostalgia. The Thai filmmaker, who was assistant...

Monday, 30 Oct 2017

  • 17:00
    30 Oct 2017
    film

    A alma do osso

    Cao Guimarães, BR 2004

    For his ‘Trilogy on Solitude', filmmaker Cao Guimarães travelled to the region of Minas Gerais in...

  • 21:00
    30 Oct 2017
    film

    O fim do sem fim

    Cao Guimarães/Beto Magalhães/Lucas Bambozzi, BR 2001

    Filmmaker and artist Cao Guimarães often focuses on social themes, but always manages to avoid one-...

Wednesday, 1 Nov 2017

  • 19:00
    1 Nov 2017
    film

    Blissfully Yours

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, TH 2002

    This original and imaginative love story immerses the viewer in a languid day in the wood and the...

Thursday, 2 Nov 2017

  • 17:00
    2 Nov 2017
    film

    Acidente

    Cao Guimarães, Pablo Lobato, BR 2006

    A voyage of discovery through twenty cities in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The improvising filmmakers...

  • 19:00
    2 Nov 2017
    film

    Mysterious Object at Noon

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul , TH 2000

    An extraordinary trip through the landscapes and mindscapes of rural Thailand, designed as a...

Friday, 3 Nov 2017

  • 17:00
    3 Nov 2017
    film

    Andarilho

    Cao Guimarães, BR 2007

    A superbly beautiful film on the relationship between walking and thinking, movement and thought,...

Sunday, 5 Nov 2017

  • 21:00
    5 Nov 2017
    film

    The Adventure of Iron Pussy

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, TH 2003

    An extravagant and hilarious satire involving a Thai secret agent in drag on an undercover mission in...

Tuesday, 7 Nov 2017

Wednesday, 8 Nov 2017

  • 16:45
    8 Nov 2017
    film

    Syndromes and a Century

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, TH/FR/AT 2006

    An engaging split-screen tale of two hospitals, one in rural Thailand, the other in the city. A...

  • 21:00
    8 Nov 2017
    film

    O homem das multidões

    Cao Guimarães and Marcelo Gomes, 2013

    A visually enchanting portrait of two lonely city dwellers in Belo Horizonte, where Cao Guimarães was...

Thursday, 9 Nov 2017

  • 19:30
    9 Nov 2017
    film

    Mekong Hotel

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, TH 2012

    A visual collage revolving around a spooky hotel near the Mekong river in northeast Thailand. ...

Saturday, 11 Nov 2017

  • 17:00
    11 Nov 2017
    film

    Cemetery of Splendour

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul , TH/UK/FR/DE/MY 2015

    In 2010 the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the Golden Palm at Cannes with his Uncle...

Sunday, 12 Nov 2017

  • 19:00
    12 Nov 2017
    film

    Ex-Isto

    Cao Guimarães, BR 2010

    What if René Descartes had travelled to Brazil? In this fictitious story, the great philosopher is...

Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017

  • 17:00
    15 Nov 2017
    film

    Railway Sleepers

    Sompot Chidgasornpongse, TH 2017

    A train journey along the edge of modernity and nostalgia. The Thai filmmaker, who was assistant...

  • 19:00
    15 Nov 2017
    film

    Rua de mão dupla

    Cao Guimarães, BR 2002

    Filmmaker Cao Guimarães asked two people who had never met to swap houses for 24 hours. They were...

Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017

  • 17:00
    29 Nov 2017
    film

    Otto

    Cao Guimarães, BR 2012

    Cao Guimarães charts his wife’s pregnancy and the birth of their son in an intuitive way. The...

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