(originally posted November 9, 2017 at http://sites.northwestern.edu/artpolitics/)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, Sullivan Galleries of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, until December 8
Sakda (Rousseau), 2012
Chicago is very fortunate to have the Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s exhibition of video work, The Serenity of Madness (curated by Bangkok-based, likewise SAIC-trained curator Gridthiya Gaweewong) up for another month at the Sullivan Galleries of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Seeing this show provided me with an opportunity to revisit some writing I did years ago about the first film he released, Mysterious Object at Noon (2000), and to reflect on how its themes reappear in later work in the exhibition.