Hong Kong - ArtisTree - TaiKoo Place May 2013
Hong Kong - ArtisTree - TaiKoo Place May 2013
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Island is Land


Office Map

MAP Office is a multidisciplinary platform devised by Laurent Gutierrez (b. 1966, Casablanca, Morocco) and Valérie Portefaix (b. 1969, Saint-Étienne, France). This duo of artists/architects has been based in Hong Kong since 1996, working on physical and imaginary territories using varied means of expression including drawing, photography, video, installations, performance, and literary and theoretical texts. Their entire project forms a critique of spatio-temporal anomalies and documents how human beings subvert and appropriate space. Humour, games, and fiction are also part of their approach, in the form of small publications providing a further format for disseminating their work.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 (Forthcoming)
  • The Oven of Straw, UCCA, Beijing, China
  • Atlas of Asia Art Archive, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, China
  • Runscape, Momentum, Berlin, Germany
  • Runscape, 10 Chancery Lane, Hong Kong, China
  • The Chinese Box, Fondazione Volume and Officine Farnetto, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
  • Moving Sideways, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, China
  • Desert Island, Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong, China
  • Extended Territory, Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong, China
  • Territories, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (forthcoming)
  • The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, The 1st Kyiv international biennale, ARSENALE, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Beyond the Crisis, 6th Ventosul Curitiba Biennale, Museum Oscar Niemeyer, Curibita, Brazil
  • Merz World, Cabinet Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Contemplating the Void, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
  • Quotidian Architecture, Hong Kong Pavilion, 12th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
  • Evento, 1st Bordeaux Biennale, Bordeaux, France
  • Episode 2, 4th Tirana International Contemporary Art Biannual, Tirana, Albania
  • Out There, 11th Venice Architecture Biennale, Italian Pavilion, Venice, Italy
  • Spring, Position Paper, 7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
  • Prospect.1, in collaboration with Cao Fei, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, USA
  • Post-it City, curated by Marti Peran, Centre de Cultura Contemporaria, Barcelona, Spain
  • Star Fairy, Hong Kong Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), Venice, Italy
  • Not only possible, but also necessary: optimism in the age of global war,10th Istanbul Biennial, World Factory, IMC, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Reversing Horizons, Shanghai MOCA, Shanghai, China
  • Pearl River City, Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Zones of Contact, 15th Sydney Biennale, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • Beyond, 2nd Guangzhou Triennale, Guangdong Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China
  • Recent Acquisition, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
  • La Force de l’Art, 1st Paris Triennale, Grand Palais, Paris, France
  • Through Popular Expression, Museum Het Domein Sittard, Sittard, The Netherlands
  • North - South - East - West, curated by Michel Jacques, Arc en Rêve, Bordeaux, France
  • Mobility, 1st Rotterdam Biennale, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Social Club, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, China
  • Less Aesthetic, More Ethics, Venice, 7th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy


February - August 2012
  • Asia Art Archive

Public Collections

  • FRAC / Institut d’Art Contemporain (IAC), Villeurbane, France
  • Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China
  • Deutsche Bank Collection, Hong Kong, China
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, US
  • Artist Pension Trust (APT), Beijing, China