Final Presentation of No Country Opens in Singapore
First seen at the Guggenheim Museum last year, No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia’s third presentation opens Friday, May 10, at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Singapore, a national research centre of Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Prior to this third stop, the critically acclaimed exhibition was shown at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. No Country is the inaugural touring exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, a multiyear project exploring contemporary art in three regions: South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.
“There is a tremendous diversity of artistic practice in South and Southeast Asia, and certainly more artists and artworks than any single project can accommodate,” said Guggenheim UBS MAP curator June Yap. “In this exhibition, the intention is to present the range of aesthetic developments and subjects of interest to contemporary artists, and to challenge the privileging of nation and national narrative as a basis for understanding them.”
Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, stated: “We are very pleased that the CCA is working together with the Guggenheim on an exhibition that critically examines contemporary art in South and Southeast Asia. June Yap, the exhibition curator, is one of the curators whom I met during my first visit to Singapore a decade ago, and whose rigorous curatorial approach I appreciate highly.”
Each presentation of the exhibition has responded to its venue and local context. For No Country’s presentation in Singapore, many of the artworks return to the region from which their makers hail, and explore four themes: reflection and encounter, intersections and dualities, diversities and divisions, and the desire for unity and community. The exhibition features works by 16 challenging and inventive artists and collectives from countries across South and Southeast Asia, including Bangladesh, Malaysia, and the Philippines, and marks the debut of two works—Loss by Sheela Gowda and Morning Glory by Sopheap Pich—not previously seen as part of the No Country exhibition.
Throughout its run at the CCA, No Country is accompanied by a wide range of artist lectures, tours, performances, and online initiatives adapted specifically for the presentation in Singapore. Opening weekend activities include talks by three of the artists from the exhibition: Sheela Gowda, Navin Rawanchaikul, and Norberto Roldan. Visit the CCA’s website for more information on public events.
The initiative’s second phase, which focuses on Latin America, opens its exhibition Under the Same Sun at the Guggenheim Museum in New York on June 13, and will also tour to two other major international cities. Visit the Guggenheim UBS MAP blog and sign up for e-news for updates.