No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia

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Sopheap Pich, Morning Glory, 2011
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This exhibition, organized by June Yap, invites audiences to engage with some of the region’s most inventive artists. No Country calls for a closer examination of the ways in which South and Southeast Asia’s cultures and the relationships between them are represented, proposing a renewed understanding that transcends physical and political boundaries. Grouped according to four themes—reflection and encounter, intersections and dualities, diversities and divisions, and the desire for unity and community—the works in No Country explore the region’s complex aesthetic, economic, historical, and political territories.

The exhibition is part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, a multiyear program involving curatorial residencies, acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s collection, international touring exhibitions, and far-reaching educational activities in South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. This presentation, which originated at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and traveled to Asia Society Hong Kong Center before its arrival at the Centre for Contemporary Art, is the first of three sets of exhibitions, each focusing on one of the specified regions. The artworks in the exhibition, along with others acquired as part of the initiative, will become part of the Guggenheim’s collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is a cultural engagement of UBS.

Sopheap Pich, Morning Glory, 2011. Rattan, bamboo, wire, plywood, and steel, 533.4 × 261.6 × 188 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2013.3 © Sopheap Pich. Installation view: Morning Glory, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, November 3–December 23, 2011