Throughout the production of Primitive, which coincided with the anniversary of the first communist shoot-outs in the ricefields in 1965, Apichatpong lived in the village of Nabua where he recorded people's memories and invited male descendents of the communist farmers to come together and build a spaceship. The result is a cathartic and liberating expression of past and real-time experience, played out in the form of a multi- screen video installation, two short films, a music video and an artist's book.


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Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Artist (Bangkok)

The narrative of Primitive unfolds through the video installation across individually titled screens depicting the creation of the spaceship, explosions hitting the ground like lightening strikes, portraits of soldiers, ghosts and young men playing, sleeping and dreaming.