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Date of Release: 
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
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Final Weeks for Narayan Mahon: Lands in Limbo

MADISON, WI—The powerful exhibition Narayan Mahon: Lands in Limbo, is closing in just under two weeks. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art organized and presented this exhibition, which is the museum premiere of the artist’s photographic journey through the unrecognized countries of Abkhazia, Northern Cyprus, Transnistria, Nagorno Karabakh, and Somaliland. The exhibition brings together selections from each of the photographer’s five geographically-based series, and will be on view in MMoCA’s State Street Gallery through March 15, 2015. 

Called “fascinating”, “beautiful”, “poignant”, “phenomenal”, and “powerful”, Lands in Limbo explores the day-to-day realities of living in countries that remain unacknowledged by the larger international community. Mahon artfully captures the experiences of individuals grappling with matters of cultural and ethnic identity, economic devastation, and self-determination in the face of extreme international isolation. In doing so, he raises timely questions about the meaning of national sovereignty in the increasingly globalized world of the twenty-first century, and contributes to the ongoing dialogue about the role of documentary photography in contemporary art. 


Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli designed building, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The three galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The museum is open: Tuesday-Thursday: noon – 5pm; Friday: noon – 8pm; Saturday: 10am – 8pm; Sunday: noon – 5pm; and is closed on Mondays.     

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