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CHIANG MAI

MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

The Serenity of Madness

APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKULSakda (Rousseau), 2012 Still from single-channel video: 6 min. Courtesy Para Site, Hong Kong.

Against the hypnotic light of a disco ball and poignant guitar strums, a melancholic male voice claims to be Jean-Jacques Rousseau. This scene is from Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s short film Sakda (Rousseau) (2012) and shows an actor reading an existentialist monologue that reflects the disenfranchised identities of those who feel far from Rousseau’s ideals of justice and freedom. The film’s poetic exploration of…

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