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Apichatpong Weerasethakul, b.1970

Power Boy (Mekong)2011

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: ]

MediumGiclée print
Dimensions147 x 222 cmFramed: 151.5 x 226.8 x 5.1 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, 2011
EditionEdition 1/5
Item NumberIMMA.3419
Not on view
Image Caption
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Power Boy (Mekong), 2011, Giclée print, 147 x 222 cmFramed: 151.5 x 226.8 x 5.1 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, 2011

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About the Artist

Apichatpong Weerasethakul b.1970

Thai artist and film-maker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (born 1970) studied architecture at Khon Kaen University and Film-making at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Often non-linear with a strong sense of dislocation, Weerasethakul’s photographic, film and installation work considers 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 for his film ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’ in 2010. He has also exhibited extensively, including a solo exhibition at IMMA in 2011.
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