International film makers Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Trevor Paglen Shorlisted for Artes Mundi 8

International film makers Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Trevor Paglen are among five artists to have been shortlisted for Artes Mundi 8 the UK’s most important international art prize.

 Thai film maker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s video installations and feature films have won him widespread recognition and numerous festival prizes, including two prizes from the Cannes Film Festival as well as Thailand’s most prestigious awards, Silpatorn, presented by the Thai Ministry of Culture. Themes reflected in his films include dreams, nature, sexuality, and Western perceptions of Thailand and Asia. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, he is active in promoting experimental and independent film-making through his company Kick the Machine. 

American artist and film maker Trevor Paglen’s work aims to make visible that which is concealed from us. His cinematography was used for the Oscar winning film about Edward Snowden Citizenfour. Paglen uses techniques such as Limit Telephotography to bring highly classified and secretive military bases, Listening Stations and drones out of the vast expanses of empty landscape in which they are hidden and into eerily beautiful photographs. Paglen uses his artwork and films as a way to expose these bases and their activities, allowing his audience to appreciate the conflict between the belief that these bases are ultimately aiding our society and the sinister edge their secrecy brings. Paglen’s work offers relevant and necessary commentary on the state secrecy inherent in a world where our own privacy is becoming scarce.

Films and video installations by both artists will be exhibited as part of Artes Mundi 8 a major UK exhibition which will run from 27th October 2018 to February 24th 2019 at National Museum Cardiff.

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