The Thai visual artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul is better known as a director. Considered the most brilliant of his generation in his country, he is internationally recognized after winning multiple awards including the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film festival in 2010 for Uncle Boonmee. We discover here how, born to two doctors in a small city in northern Thailand, he was able to find his way. He explains why, wanting first to become a veterinarian, he studied architecture before becoming the artist and filmmaker we know today.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul shares also the doubts in his career, even after winning the Jury Prize in the Cannes Film Festival. He then explains how he came to video art, which ultimately took more volume than cinema. He ends by giving advices on how to find his way as an artist. And finally explain why he decided to shoot his upcoming movie, Memoria, outside of Thailand.
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Damian Elwes is a British painter born in 1960 who lives in L.A. From a family of famous portrait painters, his grandfather being Queen Elizabeth’s favourite, he studied in Harvard because he was good at maths but learned playwriting. In the early 1980s, Elwes moved to New York, where he met Keith Haring who encouraged him to start painting, and became an early exponent of graffiti. From 1992–2000, Damian Elwes lived in southern Colombia in a house that he built overlooking a rainforest. There he created four vast, interactive paintings which viewers can walk around inside. His work now focuses on re-creating the studios of famous artists (Picasso, Matisse, Yayoi Kusama, Alex Katz, Keith Haring, Basquiat) through his deep research in documentation and historical records.
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Recorded on May 5th 2020