A Minor History | ประวัติศาสตร์กระจ้อยร่อย by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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A Minor History | ประวัติศาสตร์กระจ้อยร่อย
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Date: 19 August 2021 –27 February 2022
Venue: At 100 Tonson Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand

The exhibition is currently open to the public by reservation only on
Thursdays - Fridays - Saturdays - Sundays, 5 rounds a day:

  • 11:00-11:50
  • 12:30-13:20
  • 14:00-14:50
  • 15:30-16:20
  • 17:00-17:50

Part One: 19 August – 14 November 2021
Part Two: 25 November 2021 – 27 February 2022

100 Tonson Foundation proudly presents A Minor History, the latest project by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose non-linear works often revolve around light, time, dreams, personal and social memories.

A Minor Historycomprises a two-part exhibition in Apichatpong’s ongoing cinematic portrayal of Isan - Thailand’s northeastern region. The first installment is a three-channel video installation resulting from the artist’s journey along the Mekong River during Thailand’s recent pandemic lockdowns. He accumulated interviews and photographs that reflect the country’s shifting political climate.

The piece focuses on two encounters, beginning with a Mukdahan local who recovered the wrapped bodies of political activists found in the river and followed by the discovery of an old cinema theatre in Kalasin province. The skeletal remains of the cinema, infested with pigeons, are juxtaposed with images of the nocturnal flow of the Mekong. Behind lurks a Morlam (lsan folk performance) theater backdrop that depicts an empty palace. Majestic colors are dimmed in darkness and at times illuminated by the flickering film.

For the work’s audio component, Apichatpong collaborates with Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr, his longtime sound designer, and for the first time with a young Isan poet, Mek Krung Fah (the half-cloudy sky). The poet composes a fictional story and impersonates a man and his lover as they stroll along the riverbank. The narration mimics an old cinema and radio drama dubbing style from a bygone era.

With its hybrid form of storytelling, the installation hovers in the realms of reality and dreams. It reflects on the decay of memories and representations, on the disintegration of social narrative and truth. To Apichatpong, these lights from the road are a memorial to childhood innocence and an awakening to the unspeakable violence in Thai society. The show is a tribute to the political dissidents whose forced disappearance lingers like a myth.

Remark: The following is our current Covid-19 safety plan to protect our visitors and team:

  • We limit viewing to a maximum of 5 visitors at a time.
  • All visitors are required to wear a mask for the duration of their visit.
  • All visitors must be fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 3 days prior to their visit.

Apologies for the unavoidable inconvenience, and we really appreciate your understanding as we continue to work together through all things COVID-19.


A Minor History | ประวัติศาสตร์กระจ้อยร่อย
Video installation by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Sound Designer: Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Narrator (voice-dubbing): Mek Krung Fah
Project Director/Curator: Manuporn Luengaram

Special thanks:
Bangkok CityCity Gallery
MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum

For more information:
Website: www.100tonsonfoundation.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/100TonsonFoundation

If you have any inquiry, contact us at:
E-mail [email protected]
Phone Numer +662 010 5813 / +6698 789 6100
Line: @100tonson



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