No Country: Contemporary Art For South And Southeast Asia Curated By Singaporean June Yap

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Critically Acclaimed Guggenheim UBS MAP Inaugural Exhibition

Showcasing Artistic Creativity In South And Southeast Asia Opens In

Singapore At The Centre For Contemporary Art On May 10, 2014

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NEW YORK and SINGAPORE, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 host the exhibition No Country: Contemporary

Art for South and Southeast Asia, as part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP

Global Art Initiative. The exhibition was first presented in New York

at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (February 22-May 22, 2013) before

its recent showing at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (October 30,

2013-February 16, 2014).

Curated by June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast

Asia, the exhibition will feature 19 paintings, sculptures,

photographs, videos, and mixed-media works by 16 artists and

collectives from 11 countries, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India,

Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand,

Vietnam, and the United Kingdom. Through these works, No Country

invites audiences to engage with some of South and Southeast Asia's

most challenging and inventive artists, including Tang Da Wu, who

lives and works in Singapore.

No Country's presentation in Singapore, which brings the artworks to

the region from which many of the artists hail, calls for an even

closer examination of regional cultural representations and relations,

and suggests the possibility of a renewed understanding through a

process of mutual rediscovery that transcends physical and political


The CCA presentation will mark the debut of two works from the

Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund not previously shown as part of No

Country: Loss by Sheela Gowda and Morning Glory by Sopheap Pich. The

exhibition also features individual video installation rooms for works

by Tran Luong and the Otolith Group.

Exhibition Overview The exhibition-the title of which was drawn from

the opening line of W.B. Yeats's "Sailing to Byzantium"

(1928)-presents South and Southeast Asia in terms of transformation

and trace, charting patterns of historical and contemporary influence

within and beyond the region itself.

With a narrative stretching back to the ancient kingdoms and empires

from which they emerged, No Country seeks to reflect upon exchanges

and relationships within and between South and Southeast Asian

nation-states, as well as on the overall status of the nation-state

today and the pressures and effects of globalization and colonialism.

The artworks are grouped according to four themes: reflection and

encounter, intersections and dualities, diversities and divisions, and

the desire for unity and community. No Country presents artworks that

challenge and explore the region's historical ambiguities, territories

both psychic and literal, individual subjectivities, and political,

economic, and aesthetic negotiations.

The artists in the exhibition 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)

-- Tang Da Wu (b. 1943, Singapore)

Launched in April 2012, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative

is a multi-year collaboration that charts contemporary art practice in

three geographic regions-South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and

the Middle East and North Africa-and encompasses curatorial

residencies, international touring exhibitions, audience-driven

education programming, and acquisitions for the Guggenheim's permanent

collection. All works have been newly acquired for the Guggenheim's

collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund.

The initiative builds upon and reflects the Solomon R. Guggenheim

Foundation's distinguished history of internationalism and

significantly increases the Guggenheim's holdings of art from these

dynamic communities.

The exhibition is accompanied by a variety of educational programming

at the Centre for Contemporary Art and online. The initiative's online

environment features individual artist pages and writing, audio, and

video by curators, art historians, artists, and regional experts. As

part of its mission to encourage cross-cultural dialogue about

contemporary art and cultural practice, the Guggenheim has worked in

close collaboration with the CCA and Singapore's National Art Gallery

to develop interactive exhibition touring strategies for adults and

youth. Teacher Resource Guides will be provided in print and online

formats, and teacher workshops, hosted by Singapore Teacher's Academy

for the Arts (STAR), will focus on ways that teachers can introduce

contemporary art to their classrooms.

For more information visit: Initiative Website:

Centre for Contemporary Art Website:

June Yap's


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SOURCE Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

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