No Country: An Introduction
MAP Artists in Venice
At the 56th Venice Biennale (May 9–November 22, 2015), Raimond Chaves and Gilda Mantilla will represent Peru with their installation Misplaced Ruins, which addresses the challenges of cultural exchange and international mobility. At the Belgian pavilion, Tamar Guimarães is one of a dozen international artists united by an interest in “the history and afterlife of colonial modernity” who have been invited by Belgian artist Vincent Meessen to participate in the group exhibition Personne et les autres.
Simryn Gill at NTU CCA Singapore
From March 27 to June 14, 2015, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore exhibits the works of MAP artist Simryn Gill. Hugging the Shore—Gill’s first solo exhibition in Southeast Asia—presents several ambitious series of photographs and features a new work, Like Leaves (Syzygium grand is) (2015).
The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative fosters cross-cultural interaction between artists, curators, and audiences via educational programs, online activities, and collection building. It focuses on three regions—South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.
Initially presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Feb 22–May 22, 2013), MAP’s inaugural exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia traveled to two international venues: the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (Oct 30, 2013–Feb 16, 2014) and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (May 10–July 20, 2014). Curated by June Yap, the exhibition and its accompanying programs explored universal themes of national identity, power, and faith.
Organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today examines Latin America’s past, present and future through creative responses to the region’s complex political, economic, and social issues. The second of three MAP exhibitions, Under the Same Sun debuted at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (June 13–Oct 1, 2014) and will travel to the Museo Jumex in Mexico City in fall 2015.
No Country: An Introduction
No Country’s curator June Yap reveals some of the exhibition’s themes and aims, and discusses a selection of the featured artworks. Artists Truong Tan, Wah Nu and Tun Win Aung, and Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo explain more about the inspirations for and meanings of their contributions.
The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is supported by a variety of far-reaching educational and contextual activities, including lectures, panels, performances, films, gallery tours, multimedia mobile tours, and artist-led workshops. These programs and accompanying resource materials will evolve from a dynamic process of exchange among the Guggenheim’s curatorial and education staff, the project curators, the artists, and colleagues from participating institutions. Check this section, Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail for further details and news.