Power Boy (Mekong) (2009) is a large photographic print showing a figure covered in in strings of lights from a Thai karaoke club. The character Power Boy sits overlooking a darkened river. This image is an example of the political and social discussions that are prevalent in Apichatpong’s work: here, the artist examines the consequences of the hydroelectric Xayaburi Dam that is being built on the Lower Mekong River, which is destroying livelihoods, devastating the water’s ecological systems and, in turn, triggering multiple protests. On the other hand, the dam is expected to generate electricity for countries in Southeast Asia—power that many who live along the river will rely on in their daily lives. [Source of text: http://artasiapacific.com/Magazine/WebExclusives/TheSerenityOfMadness ]
Unframed, 147 x 222 cm
Framed, 151.5 x 226.8 x 5.1 cm
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Donation, 2011|
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Thai artist and film-maker Apichatpong Weerasethakul studied architecture at Khon Kaen University and Film-making at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Weerasethakul’s photographic, film and installation works consider ideas of memory, personal politics, the environment and place. Weerasethakul made his first feature film in 2000. He received the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or prize in 2010. He has exhibited extensively, including a solo exhibition at IMMA in 2011.View Artist
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