(Born 1970) Apichatpong born in Bangkok, but grew up in Khon Kaen in north-eastern Thailand. He began making films and video shorts in 1994 and completed his first feature in 2000. He has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998 and is now recognised as a major international visual artist. His art prizes include the Sharjah Biennial Prize (2013) and the prestigious Yanghyun Art Prize (2014) in South Korea. Lyrical and often fascinatingly mysterious, his film works are non-linear, dealing with memory and in subtle ways invoking personal politics and social issues. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, he devotes himself to promoting experimental and independent filmmaking through his company Kick the Machine Films, founded in 1999, which also produces all his films. Apichatpong has exhibited in many prestige museums and international exhibitions, among them, The 11th Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, United Arab Emirate (2013), Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012), Yokohama Triennale 2011, Yokohama, Japan (2011), Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, USA (2008), The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2006), Taipei Biennial 2004, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (2004), Busan Biennale 2004, Busan, South Korea (2004) etc.