Oct 4th 2017

Please join us for this lecture by visiting scholar Arnika Fuhrmann (Cornell University), “Tropical Malady: Queerness and
Political Critique in the Cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul”

Presented in conjunction with the current exhibition “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness”

This talk will investigate the ability of Weerasethakul to mobilize the distinctly local while at the same time producing transnationally legible aesthetics of visual representation. It pays special attention to the ways in which the artist draws on Buddhism to present political critique and represent queerness in innovative ways.

Arnika Fuhrmann is an interdisciplinary scholar of Southeast Asia, working at the intersections of the region’s aesthetic and political modernities. Her book “Ghostly Desires: Queer Sexuality and Vernacular Buddhism in Contemporary Thai Cinema” (Duke University Press, 2016) examines how Buddhist-coded anachronisms of haunting figure struggles over sexuality, personhood, and notions of collectivity in contemporary Thai cinema and political rhetoric.

This lecture is presented by the SAIC Department of Exhibitions ​as a related program of the exhibition “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness” on view at the SAIC Sullivan Galleries through December 8, 2017.

For more information visit saic.edu/serenityofmadness

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