MARSEILLE, FRAC PROVENCE-ALPES-CÔTE D’AZUR
In 2021, the Frac acquired Fireworks (Archives), a 2014 short film of an installation where, as is often the case in the Thai author’s cinema, memory mingles with other ephemeral elements, such as light or ghostly apparitions. As a counterpoint to Cemetery of Splendour, a slow, melancholic full-length film, Fireworks (Archives) functions like a hallucinatory memory machine. Night covers the screen. Fantastic, gigantic sculptures of animals, hybrid creatures and divinities living in Sala Keoku Park in Nong Khai in northeast Thailand go by in bright flashes against a background of crackling pyrotechnics. For Weerasethakul, the statues are a form of revolt against the country's long history of oppression: “They commemorate the destruction and the liberation of the land”.