No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)


Presented at Singapore’s Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), a national research centre of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the third and final staging of this exhibition, organized by June Yap, invites audiences to engage with some of the region’s most inventive artists. For No Country’s presentation in Singapore, many of the artworks return to the region from which their makers hail, calling for for an even closer examination of the ways in which the region’s cultures and the interrelationships are represented. Grouped according to four themes—reflection and encounter, intersections and dualities, diversities and divisions, and the desire for unity and community—the works in No Country explore the region’s complex aesthetic, economic, historical, and political territories.

Artists participating include:Bani Abidi, Reza Afisina, Poklong Anading, Sheela Gowda, Shilpa Gupta, Amar Kanwar, Vincent Leong, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, The Otolith Group, Sopheap Pich, Navin Rawanchaikul, Norberto Roldan, Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo, and Tran Luong.

The exhibition was first presented in New York at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum last year (February 22–May 22, 2013) prior to its showing at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (October 30, 2013–February 16, 2014).

Discover the inspiration behind No Country and find out how the exhibition explores ideas of nation and community through June Yap’s essay. Download: e-book | interactive PDF

Learn more about the artists through pages featuring each artist, accompanied by images of their works and other resources.

Find out more about the exhibition and its themes by watching Guggenheim UBS MAP videos or listening to our audio playlists, or searching through our digital library with the interactive MAP Navigator.

CCA

About the CCA

The Centre for Contemporary Art is a national research centre of Nanyang Technological University, developed with support from the Economic Development Board, Singapore. Officially opened in October 2013, the CCA aims to play an active role within Singapore’s art scene, fostering collaborations with local institutions serving as a space for knowledge production and artistic experimentation. Located in Gillman Barracks alongside a cluster of international galleries, the CCA operates as a local hub with an international perspective.

Tours and Education Programs

In conjunction with the exhibition, the CCA offers a wide range of artist lectures, tours, and performances adapted specifically for the Singapore presentation at the CCA. In addition to a number of artists from the Singapore exhibition—Sheela Gowda, The Otolith Group, Navin Rawanchaikul, Noberto Roldan and Tang Da Wu—the speakers in the public program include critics, curators, and scholars.

For more information on free programs and tours, including school and group tours, please visit gillmanbarracks.com/cca.

From the Curator:

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia is the first exhibition of a multi-year initiative, conceived by the Guggenheim in collaboration with UBS, which charts contemporary art and creative activity across three geographic regions. Featuring recent acquisitions in painting, sculpture, video, film, work on paper, and installation, it attempts to engage critically with the region on its own terms. No Country proposes a reevaluation of the region and its countries based on its cultural relationships, influences, affinities, and negotiations. It offers a glimpse into the region’s diverse contemporary art practices, and presents the possibility of understanding its countries as greater than the contents of their political and geographical boundaries.

Challenging romanticized perceptions of the region, the artworks in No Country lay bare a complex set of conditions that resulted from the rise and fall of kingdoms and empires, and which bear the historical traces of colonization and the often-traumatic birth of nations. These works explore universal themes of national identity and community, cultural knowledge, power, and faith. The exhibition’s title—drawn from the opening line of the W. B. Yeats poem “Sailing to Byzantium” (1928) that is referenced in the title of Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel No Country for Old Men—alludes to this transformative journey, one which eludes simple delineation.

—June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia

Resource Guides

Teacher Guide (PDF)
This Resource Guide focuses on seven artists whose work is included in No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia. The exhibition provides an opportunity for students to learn how contemporary artists address the issues and concerns of our time.

Family Guide (PDF)
This Family Guide is designed for children and adults to use together as they discover more about the art that is being produced by contemporary artists across South and Southeast Asia.