The Apichatpong Weerasethakul Sourcebook: The Serenity of Madness

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The Serenity of Madness is an artist book by Thai film director, Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

A leading figure in contemporary film and art, Apichatpong Weerasethakul has developed a singular realist-surrealist style in which the portrayal of the everyday alongside supernatural elements suggests a distortion between fact and folklore, the subconscious and the exposed, and various disparities of power. His work reveals stories often excluded in history in and out of Thailand: voices of the poor and the ill, marginalized beings, and those silenced and censored for personal and political reasons.

Edited by Weerasethakul himself, this publication offers a collection of perspectives on the multi-faceted practice of one of the leading artists and filmmakers of his generation. Encompassing the full complexity of the artist’s practice across media, The Serenity of Madness compiles a wide range of source materials and texts that have informed his work over the last two decades, including personal photographs, email conversations among friends, excerpts of websites and scientific studies, and poetry. The publication also features interviews by the film curator Andrea Lissoni, the art curator Gridthiya Gaweewong, and the Thai political activist Withit Chandawong.


Edited by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Designed by Scott Ponik
Published by ICI and MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum

Language: Bilingual (English, XXX)
Format: Hardcover, 271 pages
Dimensions: 215 x 280 mm
Edition: First
ISBN-13: 9780916365912
Full Title: The Apichatpong Weerasethakul Sourcebook: The Serenity of Madness
Publication Date: 2016