Apichatpong Weerasethakul

When 15 Feb 2013 - 21 Apr 2013
Where BAM/PFA, Woo Hon Fai Hall
2625 Durant Ave. #2250
Berkeley, CA 94720-2250
United States
Enquiry 510 642 0808

February 15 – April 21 2013

Press Release:

MATRIX 247 presents artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2007 installation Morakot (Emerald), a single-channel video shot in an abandoned Bangkok hotel. Best known for his award-winning feature-length films, Weerasethakul uses the spatial qualities of the gallery to create a transformative environment, breathing life back into the abandoned hotel.

In the 1980s, the Morakot Hotel served as a haven for Cambodian refugees fleeing the Vietnamese invasion. After the Thai economy collapsed in the late 1990s, the building was vacated and has stood empty ever since. Weerasethakul’s camera slowly moves through the Morakot’s abandoned corridors and rooms, capturing the natural light as it streams through the windows and illuminates the drifting dust, progressively adding more digitized particles to create a mesmerizing constellation. Three ghostly Thai voices speak of faraway places where lovers await their return—places punctuated by violence, but also by the croaking of frogs and the strains of country music. A low-hanging green lamp casts an ethereal glow over the gallery, but the moving images onscreen exist in a more fantastical absent world, a dreamscape for wandering in and out of consciousness.

MATRIX 247 is organized by Assistant Curator Dena Beard.

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