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Explore works by 22 artists and collectives featured in No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia.
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Films screenings are free with museum admission unless otherwise indicated and are shown in the New Media Theater in the Sackler Center for Arts Education
NO COUNTRY: CONTEMPORARY ART FOR SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA EXHIBITION FILMS
View video works by five artists and collectives from No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia.
Amar Kanwar, Ho Tzu Nyen, The Otolith Group, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook,
and Wong Hoy Cheong offer nuanced insights into the present-day,
historical, and geographic contexts of South and Southeast Asia.
Spanning events from the partition of South Asia, the Japanese
occupation of parts of Asia, contemporary political upheaval, and the
impact of exchanges within and beyond the region, these works raise the
question of what sorts of futures may be imagined for these countries
and the region.
Amar Kanwar, The Trilogy
A Season Outside
(1997, 30 min.)
(2003, 8 min.)
A Night of Prophecy
(2002, 77 min.)
Opening Screening (A Season Outside only): Fri, Feb 22, 2 pm
Feb 23–May 22: Mon, Wed, Sun, 11 am; Tues, Sat, 2 pm
The Trilogy, a set of short films by Amar Kanwar, blends a documentary approach with personal insight to explore the contentious politics of society, religion, and identity in India. A Season Outside portrays the ritualized military standoffs that occur at the India-Pakistan border; To Remember leads the viewer on a silent tour of the site of Gandhi’s assassination; A Night of Prophecy uses a chorus of poems, chants, and songs to highlight issues of caste, poverty, and disenfranchisement. English subtitles. Total runtime: 115 min.
The Treachery of the Moon
(2012, 13 min., dir. Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook)
(2010, 22 min., dir. Wong Hoy Cheong)
Communists Like Us
(2006–10, 23 min., dir. The Otolith Group)
The Cloud of Unknowing
(2011, 28 min., dir. Ho Tzu Nyen)
Opening Screening: Fri, Feb 22, 2:30 pm
Feb 23–May 22: Mon, Wed, Sun, 2 pm; Tues, Sat, 11 am
This series examines different moments in the social, political, and cultural histories of South and Southeast Asia. The Treachery of the Moon presents the moral quandaries faced in Thailand during recent political clashes. Doghole explores Japanese colonization and violence in pre-independent Malaya. Communists Like Us weaves dialogue from Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise with archival photographs of Indian delegates and activists with counterparts in Asia. The Cloud of Unknowning explores the illuminative experience through the object and symbol of the cloud within Asian and Western reference. English subtitles. Total runtime: 86 min.
In conjunction with No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia,
and to contextualize the thesis of the exhibition as well as to enhance
the exhibition experience, the Guggenheim is pleased to present three
documentary and narrative film programs. The programs portray and
reflect on the history and the transformation of the South and Southeast
Stories from Southeast Asia
(2009, 22 min., dir. FX Harsono)
Omkoi District, Pa-an Village
(2005, 15 min., dir. Sutthirat Supaparinya)
(2010, 21 min., dir. Aung Min)
Fri, Apr 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2 pm
Three short films from Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia explore how everyday minutiae are weighted with historical implication, the lasting trauma of ethnic massacre, and the struggle to coexist in an unfamiliar environment. English subtitles. Total runtime: 58 min.
Century of Birthing
(Siglo ng pagluluwal, 2011, 355 min., dir. Lav Diaz)
Fri, May 3, 10, and 17, 11 am
Diaz, dubbed the “ideological father of New Philippine Cinema,”
intertwines the seemingly unrelated tales of a filmmaker struggling to
finish his film and a woman in a rural cult. The result is an epic
meditation on the roles of artist, prophet, and acolyte. English
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia exhibition films and film program are part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative.