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Apitchatpong Goes Primitive in Tate Installation

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Admirers of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s work have an opportunity to discover one of his most celebrated installations at Tate Modern. The underground tanks underneath the museum’s brand new building are host to his 2009 nine screen multi-platform project ‘Primitive’, based in the village of Nabua, next to the frontier between Laos and Thailand, in a zone violently occupied by the Thai Army from the 60s to the 80s in order to repress a potential communist insurrection among the farmers. As the conflict escalated, men escaped to hide in the jungle and only women and children remained in town. This situation revalidated its old nickname of “widow town” according to the legend of a female ghost who abducted any man who entered her realm. Sadly battered again by Thailand’s recent political turmoil, Nabua is revisited and turned into a male only place. The director collaborated with the farmers’ young descendents who, detached from the location’s myths and troubles, were set to imagine a new future by building a sort of spaceship in the jungle. Read the rest of this entry »

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