Films and Public Programs for No Country Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum




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In conjunction with the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative's inaugural exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, on view from February 22-May 22, the museum presents the following films and public programs.

Video works by five artists and collectives from No Country offer nuanced insights into the present-day, historical, and geographic contexts of South and Southeast Asia. These films are presented as part of the exhibition and are shown in the New Media Theater in the Sackler Center for Arts Education. Works will be on view throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Amar Kanwar, The Trilogy
A Season Outside (1997, 30 min.)
To Remember (2003, 8 min.)
A Night of Prophecy (2002, 77 min.)
English subtitles, total runtime: 115 min.

Opening Screening: Fri, Feb 22, 2 pm
Feb 23-May 22: Mon, Wed, Sun, 11 am; Tues, Sat, 2 pm

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, The treachery of the moon (2012, 12 min., 37 sec.)
Wong Hoy Cheong, Doghole (2010, 22 min.)
The Otolith Group, Communists Like Us (2006–10, 23 min., 5 sec.)
Ho Tzu Nyen, The Cloud of Unknowing (2011, 28 min.)
English subtitles, total runtime: 86 min.

Opening Screening: Fri, Feb 22, 2:30 pm
Feb 23–May 22: Mon, Wed, Sun, 2 pm; Tues, Sat, 11 am

In conjunction with No Country, and to enhance the exhibition experience by contextualizing its thesis, the Guggenheim is pleased to present three documentary and narrative film programs.

History of Histories: Afghan Films 1960 to Present
Fris, Mar 1, 15, 22, and 29, 2 pm
Organized by independent curator Leeza Ahmady and artist Mariam Ghani, this series of fiction films, newsreels, and documentaries juxtaposes contemporary work with selections from Afghanistan's national film institute archive, and traces the nation's vibrant history and culture. English subtitles, 120 min.

Mariam Ghani and Leeza Ahmady will introduce the screenings on March 1 and 29.
Stories from Southeast Asia
nDudah (2009, 22 min., dir. FX Harsono)
Omkoi District, Pa-an Village, (2005, 15 min., dir. Sutthirat Supaparinya)
The Clinic (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, 58 min.

Century of Birthing (Siglong pagluluwal, 2011, 355 min., dir. Lav Diaz)

Fri, May 3, 10, and 17, 11 am
Lav 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 subtitles, 355 min.

Film screenings are free with museum admission and are shown in the New Media Theater in the Sackler Center for Arts Education. Visit for the complete schedule.

Artists share their creative processes and discuss current issues in contemporary art. Artists will be available at a post-screening reception. Free with RSVP at; $5 at the door.

Kabuli Kid
Barmak Akram

Fri, Apr 5, 6:30 pm
Following the screening of a recent film written and directed by Barmak Akram, independent curator Leeza Ahmady and artist Mariam Ghani join Akram in a discussion about filmmaking in Afghanistan.

This in-depth two-day conversation examines how national borders affect the production, presentation, and reception of contemporary art in South and Southeast Asia.

No Country: Regarding South and Southeast Asia Part I
Tues, Apr 16, 6:30 pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The symposium begins with a screening of No Country artist Wong Hoy Cheong’s Doghole (2010, 22 min.), which recounts his father’s experiences during the Japanese occupation in Malaya.

No Country: Regarding South and Southeast Asia Part II
Thurs, Apr 18, 11 am
Queens Museum of Art
The symposium continues at the Queens Museum of Art, featuring discussions in which artists, art historians, scholars, and curators address cultural and historic specificities in contemporary art practice. Tentative list of speakers includes Thomas Berghuis (Australia), Ly Daravuth (Cambodia), Gridthiya Gaweewong (Thailand), Sharmini Pereira (Sri Lanka), June Yap (Singapore/New York), and The Propeller Group (Vietnam/US).

Mind's Eye with Khadim Ali
Mon, Apr 22, 6:30 pm
Exhibition artist Khadim Ali leads a workshop inspired by thousand-year-old Persian epic the Shahnameh (Book of kings) for visitors who are partially sighted or blind. Space limited.

Workshop is free with RSVP at or 212.360.4355.  For more information, visit
Artist-Led Family Tour and Workshop
Storytelling and Art with Khadim Ali

Sun, Apr 21, 11 am - 1:30 pm
For families with children ages 5–12
During this program combining storytelling with art making, exhibition artist Khadim Ali retells ancient tales that he learned as a young child from his grandfather. Families then create works based on responses to Ali’s stories.

Program is free with museum admission. Includes materials. Registration required at 212 423 3587, Mon–Fri, 1–5 pm. For more information, visit

Just Drop In!
Suns, 1-4 pm
For families with children ages 3–10
Museum educators lead creative, interactive projects for visitors that explore highlights of the exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia.

Free with museum admission.

Family Activity Guide
Families with children ages 5–12
Information and activities for families to explore No Country are available in the exhibition gallery,
Annex Level 2.

Conservator's Eye with Joanna Phillips

Fri, Apr 5, 2 pm
Joanna Phillips, Associate Conservator of Contemporary Art, on a tour of No Country, discusses the challenges of preserving video and other types of media art.

Curator's Eye with June Yap
Fri, Apr 12, 2 pm
Join June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, on a tour of No Country, presenting a glimpse into the practices it highlights and reflecting on the process of bringing the artwork together.

Tours are free with museum admission, no registration required.

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February 12, 2013

Betsy Ennis / Keri Murawski
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Wong Hoy Cheong, Doghole, 2010. Color video with sound, 22 min., edition 2/8. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2012.149 © Wong Hoy Cheong. Photo: Courtesy the artist

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