No Country: An Introduction
MAP at the Biennale
Through Nov 22, 2015, see work by MAP artists at the Venice Biennale. Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Tania Bruguera, and the Propeller Group participate in the 56th International Art Exhibition, while Raimond Chaves and Gilda Mantilla represent their country in the Peruvian pavilion. Shilpa Gupta presents work in the combined pavilion of India and Pakistan and joins Bani Abidi and Amar Kanwar in Iran’s pavilion. The Belgian pavilion’s exhibition, which focuses on the work of Vincent Meessen, also includes a number of other artists, among them Tamar Guimarães.
Simryn Gill at NTU CCA Singapore
Through 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).
New Exhibitions for MAP Artists
Secret Archipelago, an exhibition of contemporary art from Southeast Asia, is on view at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris through May 17. The exhibition includes work by Reza Afisina, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, and Tran Luong. In Chicago, Gabriel Sierra’s first solo exhibition in the United States is on view through June 28 at the Renaissance Society.
Spotlight on Politics
Politics has permeated content in the MAP project, from the artworks selected for exhibitions to the critical points of view published on our blog. With Currents, browse audio, texts, and video that examine political beliefs and histories, civil rights, and the role of artists as activists. In this video, Under the Same Sun artist Iván Navarro talks about Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker (2004–05), a work influenced by his memories of blackouts in Chile that were used as a tool of control.
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.
February 22, 2013–May 22, 2014
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
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.