MAP Office is a multidisciplinary platform (Laurent Gutierrez + Val?rie Portefaix) working on physical and imaginary territories. Their entire project forms a critique of spatio-temporal anomalies and documents how human beings subvert and appropriate space. Disputed (Disputed (Huangweiyu, Kuba-shima, Huangweiyu) responds to numerous recent escalations in island disputes around the world. These islands, and their territorial waters are coveted and their appropriation often becomes the centre of disputes between countries. Military presence is an obvious sign of these tensions. Geopolitical strategies over contested areas foster nationalist sentiments and racism toward neighboring countries. Borrowing elements from these ongoing disputes, MAP Office has created a dart game designed to conquer those troubled territories. The competition is therefore transferred to players, who choose which country they want to represent in conquering an island.
This island is the second largest of the now infamous Diaoyu/Senkaku islands to the North of the cluster.
The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) annually organises the most established contemporary art prize in Asia. SAF's aim is twofold: to help elevate the profiles of mid-career artists across the region, and to raise money for disadvantaged children, using the arts as rehabilitation, education and therapy. For the first time, The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) and Christie's have collaborated in auction to raise much-needed funds for SAF's Make it Better (MIB) project; an initiative that provides art workshops to disadvantaged children in Hong Kong. Until now, the MIB project has largely focused on providing weekly workshops to the Society for Community Organization (SoCo) and the Hong Kong Society for Protection of Children (HKSPC), however this year SAF aims to greatly expand the project and hire full time art therapists and teachers to work with the children. To facilitate this expansion, Christie's has generously offered SAF the platform through which to raise funds and ultimately support the programme.
In this collaboration, selected Sovereign Asian Art Prize finalists and winners have very generously donated artworks to a meaningful March auction at Christie's, with proceeds feeding directly back to The Sovereign Art Foundation's Make It Better project. The selection of contemporary works being auctioned ranges from unique sculptures, to digital prints, to a knitted shredded body container crafted from an authentic collection of Tin Tin Comic Books. Artists including Movana Chen, Debbie Han, Dongi Lee, Man Fung-Yi, MAP Office and JeongMee Yoon have contributed to the project, further cementing their relationship with The Sovereign Art Foundation and aiding its many charitable art projects across the region.