MAP Office (地图署)

Map Office is a collaborative studio involved in cross-disciplinary projects that incorporate architecture and the visual arts. Laurent Gutierrez (b. 1966) and Valérie Portefaix (1969), both French architects, have made Hong Kong their research laboratory since they moved there in 1995. They represented the city in the 2007 Venice Biennale and won the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2013. 

The pair are prevalently interested in the appropriation of land by man and the human body. The two artists and life partners like to collaborate and exchange with other artists, adapting to the place where they exhibit and investigating local issues. They employ such media as drawing, photography, video and installation. In 2012 they have been invited for a residency by Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong to map their collection: Atlas of Asia Art Archive, the installation they created, has been then traveling to Brisbane and exhibited at the Asia Pacific Triennal of Contemporary Art. In parallel to their exploration of islands and definition of territories, they also raised geopolitical and economical questions: for their recent solo show at UCCA in Beijing they focus for instance on the historical fundamental importance of wheat.

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