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.
Agnès b. is a stylist who started her brand in the 70’s with subtle, chic and casual clothes ; timeless pieces like the snap cardigan that became a classic. With the success of her company she multiplied initiatives in the art world, opening an art gallery La Galerie du Jour, publishing art books, producing movies. She is also a philanthropist who supports artists but also many social causes (AIDS, Fondation Abbé Pierre, Tara…). Over the years, Agnès b. has assembled a major contemporary art collection now comprising nearly 5,000 pieces (Jean-Michel Basquiat, Warhol, Gilbert and George, Nan Goldin, Harmony Korine, Ryan McGinley…). She has opened her foundation La FAB (La Fondation Agnès b.) in 2020 that gathers together her art collection, la galerie du jour and la librairie du jour. Agnès b. is is constantly in touch with the international art scene, especially in the fields of the visual arts, cinema, music, live performance and publishing.
With a bottle-feeded generation with mainstream culture, bombarded with clips, ads, magazines and blockbusters, the artist Eric Yahnker rushes into the breach without a net and without complex. Ace of the pencil, he draws 2 meters high lampoons that jeopardizes religion, politics, icons and symbols of today’s America with a stunning realism. Provocateur (or genuine) and without restraint, he was animator for the South Park movie after graduating from Cal Arts and has done the animation for the Seinfeld DVDs bonus. Trained in a school of journalism, he worships cartoonists like Paul Conrad, Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, but also cites Woody Allen and Mel Brooks as references. His works offer a double reading, from the simple visual impact of its giant drawings to their meaning and look on American society. Whatever our perception as long as we see his works as he defines himself “political, stubborn, absurd, sarcastic, cerebral, perverted, jack-ass with a heart of golden testicles.”
Alain Servais is a contemporary art collector based in Belgium. He started his collection in the 90’s with photographs by Nan Goldin or Andres Serrano. He is known for attending numerous art fairs and for defending independent art galleries. Now The Servais Family Collection features several hundred works from international artists working in a variety of mediums, including digital art, and with one notable distinction, there are no paintings. As an entrepreneur in banking and finance, Alain Servais is also an accurate observer of the art market and a very active commentator of the art world through articles and social networks.
Rajendra Roy is the Chief Curator of Film at the MoMa, he worked on exhibitions such as Wim Wenders, Tim Burton, Bruce LaBruce, Mike Nichols, and was a jury member or in the selection committee of numerous festivals such as Sundance, SXSW and the Berlin film festival. The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film has one of the strongest international collections of motion pictures in the world, totaling more than 30,000 films between the permanent and study collections. (Films by artists like Fernand Léger, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol.)