Dilbar, 2013

Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Chai Siri
Dilbar, 2013
Black-and-white HD video projection with sound, looped
Installation view
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation


Apichatpong Weerasethakul began making films and video shorts in 1994 and completed his first feature in 2000. He works outside the commercial Thai film industry, devoting himself to promoting experimental and independent filmmaking through his production company Kick the Machine Films, founded in 1999. In 2010, his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, France.

Weerasethakul has also mounted exhibitions and installations, including the multi-screen project Primitive, 2009, which was presented at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France and the New Museum, New York, among other venues. In 2012, he created the online film Cactus River for the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and it was featured in Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Biennial 10 and 11


Weerasethakul, Apichatpong


Dilbar is a portrait of a city builder, one of a million Bangladeshi workers currently living in the United Arab Emirates.