Artists Announced for Singapore Presentation of No Country
From May 10 to July 20, 2014, Singapore’s Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), a national research center of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), will present No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia. This is the third and final staging of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative’s inaugural exhibition, following presentations at the Guggenheim Museum and Asia Society Hong Kong Center in 2013. The artists participating in the Singapore presentation of No Country are:
Bani Abidi (b. 1971, Karachi, Pakistan);
Reza Afisina (b. 1977, Bandung, Indonesia);
Poklong Anading (b. 1975, Manila, The Philippines);
Sheela Gowda (b. 1957, Bhadravati, Karnataka, India);
Shilpa Gupta (b. 1976, Mumbai, India);
Amar Kanwar (b. 1964, New Delhi, India);
Vincent Leong (b. 1979, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia);
Tran Luong (b. 1960, Hanoi, Vietnam);
Tayeba Begum Lipi (b. 1969, Gaibandha, Bangladesh);
Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976, Saigon, Vietnam);
The Otolith Group (est. 2002, London, United Kingdom);
Sopheap Pich (b. 1971, Battambang, Cambodia);
Navin Rawanchaikul (b. 1971, Chiang Mai, Thailand);
Norberto Roldan (b. 1953, Roxas City, Philippines);
Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo (b. 1978, Bandung, Indonesia);
and Tang Da Wu (b. 1943, Singapore).
“More than an exhibition,” says curator June Yap, No Country is “a platform for discussion and exchange.” The initiative’s website offers many opportunities for participation, including a new video channel featuring interviews and commentaries by critics, curators, and artists from around the world. The site also hosts a new set of detailed pages about each exhibition artist and the acquisitions made through the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. This rich online hub includes bios, interviews, artworks, videos about and by the artists, and many other resources.
The initiative’s second phase, which focuses on Latin America, is also on the horizon. In a new blog series called Dispatches, curator Pablo León de la Barra documents his research trips across Latin America and his contributions to contemporary art dialogues worldwide. In February, he participated in panel discussions at Mexico City’s Zona Maco Contemporary Art Fair, arcoMadrid, and the Davidoff Art Dialogues; on March 21, he will take part in a colloquium at Art Lima titled “Talking about Fairs and Museums” and will travel on to the São Paulo fair SP-Arte in April. Stay tuned to the blog and sign up for Guggenheim UBS MAP e-news to see where his curatorial travels lead him next.