No Country: An Introduction


With the exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, curator June Yap wanted to encourage audiences to look beyond political and geographical boundaries. Before the exhibition traveled from New York to Hong Kong and Singapore, Yap outlined No Country’s aims and themes.

Iftikhar Dadi
In this essay, Yap discusses the inspiration behind No Country and reveals how the exhibition questions ideas of nation and community. More

Iftikhar Dadi
Iftikhar Dadi looks at curatorial practice in South Asia, considering existing and potential structures for exhibition making. More


February 22–May 22, 2013

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York presented No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, featuring works by 22 artists and collectives, the majority of which were on view in the United States for the first time. Focused on the region’s spectrum of creative practices, the exhibition and its accompanying programs explored universal themes of national identity, power, and faith. MORE

October 30, 2013–February 16, 2014

Asia Society Hong Kong Center

As the first Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative exhibition to travel beyond New York, No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia was adapted in collaboration with Asia Society Hong Kong Center to emphasize the exhibition’s central themes of cultural, historical, and political representation. MORE

May 10–July 20, 2014

Centre for Contemporary Art

The final presentation of No Country took place at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. The exhibition—which featured works by 16 artists and collectives—was accompanied by a wide range of public programs, and included two works not previously shown as part of No Country: Loss by Sheela Gowda and Morning Glory by Sopheap Pich. MORE


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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.