“Fireworks (Archives),” is the first of a series of works by internationally renowned filmmaker and visual artist Weerasethakul to consider the politics of Thailand through the use of pyrotechnics. In this single-channel video installation that the artist’s website describes as a “hallucinatory memory machine,” the flickering light of fireworks and the sudden flash of a digital camera illuminate unconventional animal sculptures at a temple in northeast Thailand.
For the Museum's presentation, the video is projected onto two hanging panes of glass and is enhanced by surround sound. The light from the projectors spills onto the floor and walls, competing for the viewer's attention and creating a truly immersive experience.
“Photographing the Street” highlights each artist’s distinct approach and purpose in focusing on a universally shared public place. The choice of the street as subject matter ranges from capturing everyday American life to creating a global street photography portfolio that reveals the similarities of urban life around the world to meditating on the demands of modern life.
“Photographing the Street” and “Fireworks (Archives)” will be included in admission to “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.” “Photographing the Street” will be on view through Dec. 1, 2019. “Fireworks (Archives)” will be an ongoing installation