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THE QUIET IN THE LAND - Art, Spirituality and Every Day Life in Luang Prabang, Laos

31.9.12 - 15.7.12

The Quiet in the Land is a crossing borders, countries and cultures art project, founded in 1995 by the American curator and art historian France Morin. The project initiates, invites and allows contemporary artists a long and thorough acquaintance of cultures and communities around the world. The project in Luang Prabang, Laos, lasted from 2004 to 2008 and was attended by Marina Abramovic, Janine Antoni, Hans Georg Berger, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ann Hamilton, Dinh Q. Lê, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Shirin Neshat, Vong Phaophanit, Allan Sekula, Shahzia Sikander, and Rirkrit Tiravanija who visited the city several times, made contact with its people and its artists, and produced works of art as a result of these encounters.


The project in Luang Prabang as other projects of "The Quiet in the Land", examines the impact of globalization on daily life of the local people and demonstrates how contemporary art can be an agent for social change. In 1995, Luang Prabang was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.
Upon completion of the project in Luang Prabang, an edition of 50 portfolios was published, each containing 24 photographs taken by the participating artists. The exhibition portfolio was lent to the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art by courtesy of Susan and Martin Sanders, New York.

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