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June Yap on No Country
In this essay by MAP curator June Yap, discover the inspiration behind No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, find out how the exhibition explores ideas of nation and community, and learn more about the featured artists. Download: e-book | interactive PDF
No Country will be on view at Singapore’s CCA—NTU Centre for Contemporary Art in May. Watch CCA’s founding director, Ute Meta Bauer, speak to BLOUIN ARTINFO about CCA’s mission and the organization’s inaugural exhibition, Paradise Lost, on view until March 30.
While in Ecuador, Pablo Léon de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, spoke with El Universo about his research, investigating alternative artistic narratives, and his work with MAP.
June Yap’s Curatorial Essay
In her essay “No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia,” available here as a free downloadable e-book and interactive PDF, June Yap contextualizes her exhibition and discusses some of the featured artists. The illustrated text includes links to further information in the Collection Online.
In this video interview with Khadim Ali, the No Country artist describes how he explored themes from the Persian epic Shahnameh in a series of drawing workshops with children in Afghanistan and Japan.
In this video by Navin Rawanchaikul, the Thai artist’s grandmother chats about the family’s origins, a story that Rawanchaikul also explores in his painting Places of Rebirth, seen at the Guggenheim Museum earlier this year.
At this year's Art Basel Miami Beach, MAP curator Pablo León de la Barra spoke to The Art Newspaper about Colombia’s young artists and the increasingly global presence of Latin American art. “The map of the art world is changing,” he said, “There is not only one center anymore.”
MAP Family and Teacher Resources
Family guides from the No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia exhibitions in New York and Hong Kong invite children and adults to explore the exhibition and its works. For educators, a Resource Guide provides curriculum suggestions focused on the strategies artists are using to address the issues of our time.
“No Country: Regarding South and Southeast Asia,” Day One
During the first day of the symposium, artist Wong Hoy Cheong screened Doghole at the Guggenheim Museum. This was followed by a video talk by Wong about the role of Malaysian history in his work. Afterward, in a live Q&A, Wong spoke with the audience from his home in Malaysia, via Skype. Watch videos, and listen to audio from the event.
In these podcasts recorded over two days in Bangkok, fifteen experts discussed a broad range of topics including politics, religion, and censorship, changing definitions of the avant-garde, and South and Southeast Asia’s contemporary art market.
Artist Khadim Ali’s New York Residency Program
During the No Country exhibition’s run in New York, Khadim Ali led workshops inspired by his work and journey as an artist. View photos from the programs, during which, Ali combined storytelling and art making. Experience a multimedia series from Ali’s Mind’s Eye workshop for the blind and people who have low vision.
Video Works and Related Films
Videos by five artists and collectives were shown as part of the No Country exhibition in New York, complemented by weekly film programs. Read more about the works and films. View photos from a special program featuring filmmaker Barmak Akram, independent curator Leeza Ahmady, and artist Mariam Ghani.
During a public program held at the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok, Guggenheim UBS MAP curator, South and Southeast Asia, June Yap led an absorbing debate around issues raised in her exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia.
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