Ghost Island – by MAP OFFICE

Ghost Island is a 6 meters pile of ghost fishing nets collected in the sea around Krabi. The installation recalls the particular geology of the surrounding islands formed by the accumulation and stratification of numerous distinct layers. It also addresses waste at sea, and the difficult but necessary labour needed to protect our environment. We are aiming to work with a group environmental activists diver that will participate to protect the coral around the islands and free-trapped animals from the nets. In this way, the main material used for the construction of the new island will be free and help cleaning up the sea.




MAP Office is a multidisciplinary platform devised by Laurent Gutierrez (1966, Casablanca, Morocco) and Valérie Portefaix (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 spatiotemporal 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.

MAP Office projects have been exhibited in major international art, design and architecture events including: Guangzhou Image Triennial (forthcoming 2017); 6th Yokohama Triennale (forthcoming 2017); 4th Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2016); Ullens Contemporary Art Centre, Beijing (2013); 7th Asia Pacific Triennial (2012); 1st Kiev Biennale (2012); 6th Curitiba Art Biennale (2011); 7th, 11th and 12th Venice Architecture Biennale (2000, 2008, 2010); Evento 1st Bordeaux Biennale (2009); 4th Tirana International Contemporary Art Biannual (2009); 2nd Canary Island Biennale (2009); Prospect.1 New Orleans (2008); 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008); 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007); 52nd Venice Art Biennale (2007); 15th Sydney Biennale (2006); 1st Paris Triennial (2006); 2nd Guangzhou Triennial (2005); 1st, 6th Singapore Biennale (2006, 2016); 2nd, 3rd and 5th Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale (2007, 2009, 2013); 1st Architectural Biennial Beijing (2004); 1st Rotterdam Architecture Biennale (2003).

Major Exhibition in Museum / Cultural Centre (selected)

• Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
• M+, Hong Kong
• Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore
• Rockbund Art Museum (RAM), Shanghai
• Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
• Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing
• Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou
• Museum Fur Angewandte Kunst (MAK), Vienna
• MAXXI, Roma
• Guggenheim Museum, New York
• Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris
• Victoria and Albert Museum, London
• Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama

36 Participations in Biennale / Triennial (2000 – 2018)