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Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ghost Teen, 2009, ink-jet print, 29' 6“ × 49' 3”.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

MAIIAM CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ghost Teen, 2009, ink-jet print, 29' 6“ × 49' 3”.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s survey exhibition—a noteworthy curatorial achievement by Gridthiya Gaweewong—inaugurated a new museum of contemporary art and a new cultural hub in the city where the artist now lives. The museum’s facade is covered with fragments of mirrors that refract and scatter light, a design inspired by Thai “spirit houses,” found in the entrances of homes and public buildings and intended to respectfully welcome previous inhabitants and their past lives. This architectural setting was a fitting prologue to one of Apichatpong’s strengths: the ability to unite a contemporary cosmopolitan aesthetic with regionally specific cultural values. Such a synthesis is deeply connected to the infinitude and multiplicity of memory, a theme that runs through the artist’s work and was an organizing feature of the exhibition, most overtly in the presentation of a vast

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