New Museum Presents First New York Solo Exhibition by Thai Artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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NEW YORK, NY.- “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Primitive” is the first New York exhibition devoted to the work of internationally acclaimed Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok). Primitive—which is had its American debut at the New Museum—is his most ambitious project to date: a new multi-platform work consisting of an installation of seven videos and related works. The exhibition is on view from May 19 through July 3, 2011. Weerasethakul’s films and videos are often set in the lush forests and quiet villages of the rural Isaan region of northeast Thailand, where the artist spent his childhood. His films use inventive narrative structures to explore intersections between man and nature, rural and urban life, and personal and political memory. Surreal imagery and a sensuous, languid pace give his work a dreamlike quality. Characters shift identities and species fluidly an