Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
No Country Opens in Singapore on May 10
News from our Press Office: Singapore’s Centre for Contemporary Art, a national research center of the Nanyang Technological University, will host No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia from May 10–July 20. This presentation will include works not previously seen as part of No Country, from Indian artist Sheela Gowda and Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich.
Curator June Yap speaks to Blouin ArtInfo, noting that with No Country’s presentation in Singapore, “the artworks return to the region of their origin and reference, to challenge us with their critical considerations on the subjects of culture, nation, region, and its communities.”
Sopheap Pich’s sculpture Morning Glory will be on view as part of No Country for the first time at Singapore’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, a national research center of the Nanyang Technological University. In this video, he explains how the work references the Khmer Rouge’s regime in Cambodia.
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.
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.
About the Project
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.
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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.