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No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia at NTU CCA Singapore wins ‘Best Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art’ at the Prudential Eye Awards 2015

23rd Jan, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, organised by Singaporean and Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative curator June Yap, is among thirteen special prizes awarded to artists, writers, institutions and galleries supporting emerging artists from across Greater Asia.

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) is pleased to announce that No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, as part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative curated by Singaporean June Yap, was awarded ‘Best Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art’ at the Prudential Eye Awards 2015. First shown at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, followed by the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, the final leg of this the exhibition was presented by NTU CCA Singapore in collaboration with Guggenheim, showcasing the most challenging and inventive artists working in the region today.

“We’re thrilled to receive the distinction of the 2015 Prudential Eye Award for “Best Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art,” stated Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art. “It’s a wonderful testament to the many people and organisations that helped make No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia a resounding success, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, UBS, June Yap, and the many artists who were active in the process. As a young institution, the opportunity to present this exhibition at NTU CCA Singapore resulted in increased awareness, as well as new formats for public and educational programmes. No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia is not only a poignant homecoming for many of the works which were created in this region, but also for Singaporean curator, June Yap.”

At NTU CCA Singapore, two works not previously shown during the exhibition tour - the photographic series Loss (2008) by Indian artist Sheela Gowda and Morning Glory (2011) by Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich were presented. The exhibition space at NTU CCA Singapore also provided an opportunity to emphasise video installation works, with individual rooms for works by Tran Luong, Amar Kanwar, and the Otolith Group. Altogether, there were 19 artworks by 16 artists and collectives from 11 countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

“The very proposition for No Country was the possibility of exceeding the boundaries and habits that define us. The implication of this was brought home in its final leg in Singapore, where the artworks inspired us to look deeper into our perceptions of and relationships with each other within the region of South and Southeast Asia” stated June Yap.

Furthering NTU CCA Singapore’s interest in exploring the artistic practices of artists from the region, NTU CCA Singapore co-organised a series of six public programmes of talks and screenings which included artists Sheela Gowda, Navin Rawanchaikul, Noberto Roldan,London-based art collective, the Otolith Group, Zoe Butt, Executive Director and Curator of Sàn Art, Ahmad Mashadi, Head of National University Singapore Museum and eminent scholars, Singaporean art historian, T. K. Sabapathy, Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore and Filipino art critic and independent curator, Marion Pastor Roces.

NTU CCA Singapore is also pleased to announce that Artist-in-Residence and Cultural Medallion (2005) winner Lee Wen is featured in the Prudential Singapore Eye exhibition. Lee Wen is also one of the seven nominees of the Joseph Balestier Award for Freedom of Art, jointly conferred by Art Stage Singapore and the United States Embassy of Singapore. NTU CCA Singapore congratulates June Yap and Lee Wen and looks forward to future collaborations with both of them.

Launched in 2014 by the Prudential Eye Programme, the awards are a partnership between Parallel Contemporary Art, Saatchi Gallery, and Prudential. The annual awards focus on emerging artists from across Greater Asia and highlight the breadth, range, and diversity of the works being made by emerging Asian artists. The Prudential Eye Awards 2015 featured 13 prizes, including six for Best Emerging Artist in different categories, as well as awards for Best Writing on Asian Contemporary Art, Best Institution, and Best Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art.

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