Luminous Shadows was the first solo exhibition of Thai film director and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul in the Baltic States. Alongside the exhibition at the Contemporary Art Centre, the event also included a film retrospective screened at the Skalvija Film Centre, presenting all eight of the director’s feature-length films and four programmes of short films.
Luminous Shadows took place in 2018 in the form of a two-month exhibition organised at the Contemporary Art Centre, presenting video installations by Thai film director and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul, hailed as one of the most original voices in the contemporary cinema and art world, as well as a retrospective of his films at the CAC Cinema Hall and the Skalvija Film Centre. This was the first time Weerasethakul’s work was presented so comprehensively not only in Lithuania, but also in the whole Eastern European region.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970 Bangkok, Thailand) has been actively engaged in creative work since the early 1990s. His film Tropical Malady (2004) won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and Uncle Boomnie Who Recalls His Past Lives (2010) was awarded the Cannes’s Palme d’Or.
Weerasethakul also makes video installations, performances and photographs. His work has been widely presented at major international contemporary art events, including the 11th edition of the Sharjah Biennial in the UAE (2013), the dOCUMENTA(13) exhibition in Kassel (2012), and the 7th Istanbul Biennial (2001). His solo exhibitions have been held at art institutions such as Tate Modern, London (2016) and The New Museum, New York (2011).
Project organisers: Meno Avilys and the Vilnius Centre of Contemporary Art
Project partner: Skalvija Film Centre
Project sponsor: the Lithuanian Council for Culture