Highlights from the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
Presented in conjunction with No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, a dynamic and growing collection of essays, images, videos, and audio recordings is now available at the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative’s online platform. This diverse and engaging set of contributions, commissioned from regional writers, curators, and artists, provides a broad-based background for Guggenheim UBS MAP by illuminating various aspects of each region’s history, politics, culture, and contemporary art scene. Produced by local experts and insiders, each contribution opens up an aspect of its creator’s milieu to further thought and debate.
Contributions posted to date include an in-depth examination of curatorial practice in South Asia by artist and art historian Iftikhar Dadi; a conversation between Roger MacDonald, Deputy Director of Arts Initiative Tokyo, and Indonesian sound artist Duto Hardono; writer and filmmaker Aung Min’s history of documentary filmmaking in Myanmar; and curator Susan Hapgood’s take on the flowering of public perfomance art in Bombay. Forthcoming highlights include curator Sharmini Pereira’s survey of current art practice in Sri Lanka and curator Zoe Butt’s conversation with Vietnamese artist Dinh Q Lê. New contributions will be added throughout the project, and readers are invited to comment and respond to provocative questions at the end of each piece.