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Film programme Locus: Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Cao Guimarães

16 september - 3 december 2017

This autumn EYE is organizing a major exhibition and film programme 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.

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.

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