June Yap

Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia

Guggenheim curator from 2012 to 2014

June Yap was selected by a committee of five esteemed experts in South and Southeast Asian art as the first curator for the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative in spring of 2012. She completed a two-year residency at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, organizing the first exhibition in the initiative, No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, which focused on the artistic practices and cultural traditions of the region. Following the opening exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (February 22–May 22, 2013), No Country traveled to the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (October 30, 2013–February 16, 2014) and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (May 10–July 20, 2014). In January 2015, the Singapore presentation of No Country won the honor of Best Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art at the Prudential Eye Awards, given annually to focus on emerging artists from across Greater Asia.

As part of her residency, Yap initiated the museum’s Perspectives blog series, which continues to feature essays, stories, and interviews by international artists, writers, and curators, and spoke about the series at a symposium held at the Queens Museum in 2013.

Based in Singapore, Yap has been an independent curator since 2008. Most recently she organized an exhibition of the work of Ho Tzu Nyen for the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2010, Yap curated You and I, We’ve Never Been so Far Apart: Works From Asia for the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv for the International Video Art Biennial.

Prior to 2008, Yap worked in the curatorial departments of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum. She has organized exhibitions in Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Projects include Interrupt (2003), Twilight Tomorrow (2004), Seni: Singapore 2004, and Art & the Contemporary (2004) at the Singapore Art Museum; The Second Dance Song: New Contemporaries (2006) and The Future of Exhibition: It Feels Like I’ve Been Here Before (2010) at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore; and Bound for Glory (2008) at the National University of Singapore Museum. Yap is the author of numerous exhibition catalogues and essays, and has conducted curatorial workshops in Singapore, South Korea, and Hong Kong.

Yap holds a Ph.D in Cultural Studies from the National University of Singapore, an MA in fine art (art history) from the University of Melbourne, as well as a BA from the National University of Singapore in philosophy and sociology.

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