From July 2nd, IAC Villeurbanne is hosting a major solo exhibition, by the Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Palme d'Or in Cannes in 2010, for his film Uncle Boonmee, who can recall his past lives.

Last updated date : 28/05/2021
From 02/07 to 31/10/2021 between 2 pm and 6 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Institut d'Art Contemporain - IAC 11 rue Docteur Dolard - 69100 Villeurbanne
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

For Periphery of the Night, the artist has imagined a project that will offer to the visitors an experience that is both psychic and physical, between film projections, immersive devices, light creations and holographic creations, installed throughout IAC’s whole space.

The exhibition will present around twenty works and 28 projection devices combining different techniques in terms of image (rear projection, suspended projections, holograms), sound (5.1 device) and light (walls painted in gray and red, play of reflections, mirror effects etc.).

The universe developed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul is intimate and strange, run though with polyphonic fables. From films to artworks, environments
to videos, one finds the same places–the Issan province and the rural hospitals where the artist grew up, a thick jungle, dark cellars – the same actors, the same patterns, the same questions.
In a time that is both cyclic and dilated, a hypnotic atmosphere emerges. Slowness and the night make everything possible, even more so as the artist multiplies and weaves together layers of slumberous sounds and images, creating in-between worlds where human and non-human, ghosts and magical apparitions, living and reincarnated beings co-exist. Supernatural figures,
the communist exactions of the past, the neglected edges of our reality are filtered softly through the ordinary and the everyday. Cinema, perceived as a deployment of one’s soul, becomes a waypoint to various realities, visible and invisible, temporal and spatial, that become apparent to us. The patient camera of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, influenced by Buddhist thought, trains our technical and spiritual faculties to achieve other levels of listening to better experience the sickness of our world.
It is this enigmatic temporal material that is deployed in the IAC in a psychic and physical experience, inviting one’s body to float between film projections and luminous creations. For Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the exhibition space is “a very particular cinema” where the public “imagines different scenarios, as if each one of us was
a character that can remember different lives”. Exhibition spaces are thus populated and expanded by these lives replayed and their unfulfilled dreams.


Useful tips

  • From 02/07 to 31/10/2021 between 2 pm and 6 pm.
    Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Full price: 6 €, Reduced price: 4 €.

    Free entry for children < 18 years, press, disabled people and accompanying persons.

    Free with Lyon City Card.
  • Included with the Lyon City Card


Institut d'Art Contemporain - IAC

11 rue Docteur Dolard - 69100 Villeurbanne

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