The Serenity of Madness invites readers into Weerasethakul’s intimate exploration of his influences—in his words, “like a stream of consciousness, suffocated by the data.” It opens up new perspectives on an artistic practice that is anchored in stories often excluded from history in and out of Thailand: voices of the poor and ill, marginalized beings, and those silenced and censored for personal and political reasons.
ICI’s Sourcebook series is dedicated to contemporary artists’ personal perspectives on social, political, and cultural issues. Each book, edited by a single artist, includes a collection of primary research materials and influences, such as rare archival documents, artwork studies, and excerpts of landmark publications, selected from the artist’s own archive and annotated with personal commentary.
The publication’s launch coincides the ICI exhibition of the same title, curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok, which will tour to venues internationally through 2019.
Edited by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Designed by Scott Ponik
Published by ICI and MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum
Title: The APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL SOURCEBOOK
Subtitle: The Serenity of Madness
Format: Hardcover, 271pp, 8.5 x 11 in.