Gwangju Biennale

GWANGJU BIENNALE Exhibition Hall | 111 Biennale-ro, Buk-gu
500-845 Gwangju

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Adel AbdessemedBani AbidiDavid Adjaye Allora & CalzadillaLara AlmarceguiFrancis AlysJose Angel ToiracStefano ArientiMario BenjaminSadie BenningHuma BhabhaUrsula BiemannTania BrugueraGerard ByrneBruce ConnerThomas DemandAtul DodiyaLili DujourieFelipe DulzaidesMaroan el SaniSeamus FarrellRainer Werner FassbinderDaniel FaustNina FischerPatrick D. FloresPeter FriedlMarlon GriffithTamar GuimaraesShilpa GuptaLaurent GutierrezHans Haacke Haejun JoLothar HempelJan HenleTae Hun KangIman IssaIsaac JulienFatou Kande SenghorAbdellah KarroumHassan KhanSonia KhuranaSung-Hwan KimByron Kim Kohei YoshiyukiAbdoulaye KonateDonghee KooDavid LamelasSeulgi LeeSherrie LevineChristelle LheureuxGlenn LigonJarbas LopesReagan LouieKen Lum MAP OfficeKerry James MarshallMona MarzoukGordon Matta-ClarkDaniel MedinaMatthew Monahan Nam HwayeonKaryn OlivierEls OpsomerRedza PiyadasaValerie PortefaixApinan PoshyanandaJo RactliffeMandla ReuterJewyo RhiiWalid SadekChen ShaoxiongGao ShiqiangTaryn SimonDayanita SinghPraneet SoiHiroshi SugitoCatherine SullivanKoki TanakaJacques VillegleAlfred WenemoserSislej XhafaLynette Yiadom-BoakyeBruce Yonemoto ZarinaDolores Zinny & Juan MaidaganJohn Zurier 



press release

Opening: September 5, 2008

The Gwangju Biennale is pleased to announce the exhibition program of the 7th Gwangju Biennale, under the leadership of the General Artistic Director, Okwui Enwezor.

Widely acknowledged as the spiritual center in the struggle for democracy in Korea, in 1995 when the first Gwangju Biennale was inaugurated, the exhibition was responding to the critical impact of the democracy movements of the 1980s and the influence of emergent forums of civil society on contemporary Korean experience. Since its founding, the Gwangju Biennale has established itself as one of the leading large scale global exhibitions and a pioneer in curatorial experiment in the field of contemporary art.

Opening on September 5, 2008, the Gwangju Biennale will continue its rigorous emphasis on innovative forms of exhibition and critical practice with a wide ranging project under the conceptual umbrella devised by the General Artistic director, Okwui Enwezor.

Annual Report: A Year in Exhibitions.

Bringing together a range of activities produced across the span of nearly eighteen months, the exhibition will serve as a hosting site, incorporating into its sequence of galleries and satellite sites activities ranging from performances, readings, film screenings, music, dance, theater, to exhibitions initiated between January 2007 and September 2008. From the obscure to the mainstream, from the local to the transnational, these activities can be understood as a chain of traveling cultural worlds and idioms, a network of incommensurable experiments in global culture. Employing the idea of the space of encounter, the biennale hopes to set up a soft, porous line between context and practice, form and medium, artist and system, institution and locality.

The exhibition program is composed of three interconnected components:

On the Road: This section of the biennale consists entirely of traveling exhibitions that have been produced and shown elsewhere between 2007 and 2008. It will be organized as a series of interlocking arguments, as a set of continuously elaborated relationships, juxtapositions, and structural contiguities, between cultural and exhibition contexts and institutional networks.

Position Papers: The second component of the exhibition will focus on new curatorial ideas, exhibition initiatives, and other proposals either by emerging curators and directors or established view points. Selected from amongst a series of Position Papers, about ten curators will be commissioned to propose an exhibition or project that reflects current thinking on the state of contemporary art and culture. Each the projects is to be seen as a work in progress, a provisional essay towards a larger horizon, and therefore will tend towards the modest, and will have no more than a maximum number of five artists in each proposal.

Insertions: The third area of the project will be based on a series of new projects commissioned specifically for the biennale. These new projects, to be realized across different media and disciplines, will serve as punctuation marks throughout the itinerary of the exhibition. The projects will function either as insertions within the general body of the exhibitions, or as manifestations of limited duration. Thus the projects will unfold not only according to the exhibition’s spatial logic, but as a series of activities occurring across the time of the biennale.

Okwui Enwezor: Okwui Enwezor is Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President at San Francisco Art Institute. He is Adjunct Curator at International Center of Photography, New York and previously Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Art, at the Art Institute of Chicago. Enwezor is founder and editor of the critical art journal Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art published by the Africana Study Center. He was Artistic Director of Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (1998-2002). He has also served as the Artistic Director of 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Seville, Spain (2005-2007), and 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1996-1998).

Position Papers Gwangju Biennale Foundation is pleased to announce the five exhibition projects of Position Papers as one of the three core components of Annual Report: A Year in Exhibitions for the 7th Gwangju Biennale. Position Papers derives from a network of curatorial discourses and theoretical frameworks whose common and shared horizon is to interrogate the fate of the contemporary in the current global moment and to extend the given curatorial model and exhibiting premise governing the displays of contemporary art.

Bokdukbang Project Curated by Sung-Hyen Park Bokdukbang is an old-fashioned Korean term that is now replaced by the professional term real estate agency. Bokdukbang metaphorically stands for a room (bang) filled with fortune (bok) and virtue (duk). Often run by the most knowledgeable person in the town, Bokdukbang once functioned as a place for sharing information and advice. It served as a mediatory open space based on ‘human relations’, an atmosphere often vividly experienced in a traditional Korean market. Located in the Daein traditional market in Gwangju, for the 7th Gwangju Biennale, Bokdukbang will represent not only a place where anyone may interact with others, to share one’s interest or concerns about people or events while receiving, in return, necessary information or commentary, it will also be reimagined as an active site of production beginning with artist workshops and events that will extend from mid June to the end of November.

Participating Artists Ho-yoon Shin (Korea, Lives in Gwangju) Hu-ju Gu (Korea, Lives in Busan) Kiyoung Peik (Korea, Lives in Ansan) Mun-ho Ma (Korea, Lives in Naju) Munjong Park (Korea, Lives in Damyang)

Spring Curated by Claire Tancons Like the 7th Gwangju Biennale itself, Spring is not a theme, but a concept that recalls the emancipatory energy of the South Korean Spring in May 1980. However, the references of Spring go well beyond Gwangju, and evoke other popular uprisings from the Canboulay Riots of 1881 in Port of Spain to May 1968 in Paris, as well as encompassing the history of Carnival street processions, especially as found in Brazil and the Caribbean, New Orleans, and Cape Town. Given its format as a street procession, and its location, Gwangju, the attention of the invited artists will be drawn to the May 1980 street uprisings in Gwangju. A principal interest of Spring is to refuse the constricted space of the exhibition gallery, but readapt the exhibition format into a space of active social participation. In this way the processional format is the arena through which this project seeks to experiment with new modes of conducting an exhibition. Spring calls to mind the idea of sudden motion and constant tension, both of which are at the core of popular street manifestations, from carnivals to demonstrations. Beginning this August artists in Spring will assemble in Gwangju for a month of continuous interaction and production with local participants, building the models and displays, that will culminate in an eight hour procession through the streets of the city around the Former Provincial Office (the starting point of the Gwangju May 1980 protests). The procession will begin during the day and end at night with a fiery conflagration to signal the end of the event. The procession will be accompanied by music by DJ GAZAEBAL and filmed by Caecilia Tripp. Both the real time film and the music score will be edited and remixed, and will be the sole reminder of the procession and only element presented in one of the exhibition spaces.

Participating Artists Mario Benjamin (Haiti, Lives in Port-au-Prince) Marlon Griffith (Trinidad and Tobago, Lives in Port of Spain) Jarbas Lopes (Brazil, Lives in Rio de Janeiro) MAP Office (Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix) (France, Live in Hong Kong) Karyn Olivier (Trinidad and Tobago/USA, Lives in New York) Jin Won Lee (aka GAZAEBAL) (Korea, Lives in Seoul) Musician/DJ Caecilia Trip (Germany, Lives in Paris ) Filmmaker

Turns in Tropics: Artist-Curator Curated by Patrick D. Flores Turns in Tropics: Artist-Curator focuses on exploring the turns in the practice of art and curation through four germinal figures in Southeast Asian modernity who at once settled within the discourse of the avant-garde and wavered at the threshold of a curatorial practice. The four figures represent artists, who in the late sixties and eighties turned toward curating in order to grapple with the vexations of the inter/national and to provoke reconsiderations of the artist as intellectual, while doing away with the binary separation of spaces of artistic and curatorial practice. Such a transition may also suggest a shift from the modern to the contemporary. This project collects layers of intervention in the production of art, the emergence of curation, and the current reflection on this braided relationship within a curated exhibition of art/curation of artists-curators. The concept is largely shaped by ongoing research on the history of curation in Indonesia and Thail and and tries to demonstrate a series of turns in tropics, the latter indexing locale, dynamic, and agency.

Participating Artists Raymundo Albano (Philippines, 1947-1985) Redza Piyadasa (Malaysia, 1939-2007) Apinan Poshyananda (Thailand, Lives in Bangkok) Jim Supangkat (Indonesia, Lives in Bandung)

On Jouissance for those without places to return Curated by Jang Un Kim The central premise of this project begins with narratives drawn from episodes encapsulated in three distinctively cultural positions, namely Derek Jarman’s film Blue (1993), Vittorio de Sica’s Miracle in Milan (1951), and The Consecutive Murder Incidents at Boseong (2007), by The Old Fisherman. Each of these narratives are combined as a means to draw the artists and curator into conversation and through their interaction to reflect on the agency of given practices. The purpose is to invite the artists not only to reflect on the mode of the conversations which will be archived and reproduced in the exhibition, but to share their positions across contemporary sociopolitical, cultural, and economic situations, and as such to reflect and re-imagine the world and their practice. What will emerge in the end is envisioned to be provisional but rich, variegated yet collective. In this way these episodes will function as global allegories, prompting a wide ra nge of artistic responses.

Participating Artists Larnet (In Ae Lim & Eun Young Hong) (Korea, Live in Busan) Christelle Lheureux (France, Lives in Paris) Mandla Reuter (Germany, Lives in Berlin) Seulgi Lee (Korea, Lives in Paris) Seung wook Koh (Korea, Lives in Seoul)

Expedition7 (Patries relatives) Curated by Abdellah Karroum Expedition 7 (Patries Relatives) is a response to the 7th Gwangju Biennial and therefore a starting point for curatorial dialogue. Accordingly, the premise of Expedition 7 (Patries Relatives) is characterized by its tectonic logic of separation and expedition, an attention to the human trace on the earth itself, and an ambiguous presence manifested in forms such as imprints, monuments, pedestals, imagined borders, and deterritorialized atmospheres. Through their individual projects, the artists featured in Expedition 7 (Patries Relatives) address the fundamental concerns of contemporary human life, specifically as they relate to the political, cultural, environmental, social, linguistic, geographic, and ethical position of the artists. The five artists were chosen considering not their individual nationalities but the impact of their work on the “global” art scene inasmuch as their current contexts of practice are extraterritorial, that is located out side the places the artists were born.

Participating Artists Adel Abdessemed (Algeria, Lives in Paris) Francis Alÿs (Belgium, Lives in Mexico City) Seamus Farrell (Ireland, Lives in Paris and Cadiz, Spain) Vincent Feria (Françoise Vincent & Eloy Feria) (France & Venezuela, Live in Caracas) Sislej Xhafa (Kosovo, Lives in New York)

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Künstlerischer Direktor: Okwui Enwezor
Co - Kuratoren: Hyunjin Kim, Ranjit Hoskote
Position Papers Kuratoren: Patrick D. Flores, Jang Un Kim, Abdellah Karroum, Sung-Hyen Park, Claire Tancons

Künstler: Bani Abidi, David Adjaye, Allora & Calzadilla, Lara Almarcegui, Stefano Arienti, Kaoru Arima, Sadie Benning, Huma Bhabha, Ursula Biemann, Bingyi Huang, Tania Bruguera, Mariana Bunimov, Gerard Byrne, Chen Quilin, Chen Shaoxiong, Chi Young Hwang, Cho Eunji, Seo-Young Chung, Bruce Conner, Thomas Demand, Atul Dodiya, Lili Dujourie, Felipe Dulzaides, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Daniel Faust , Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Peter Friedl, Gao Shiqiang, Roberto Gottardi, Tamar Guimaraes, Shilpa Gupta, Hans Haacke, Haejun Jo, Zarina Hashmi, Lothar Hempel, Jan Henle, Iman Issa, Dolores Zinny & Juan Maidagan, Isaac Julien, Hassan Khan, Sonia Khurana, Byron Kim, Abdoulaye Konate, Donghee Koo, David Lamelas, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Reagan Louie, Ken Lum, Jacques Jacques Villegle, Kerry James Marshall, Mona Marzouk, Gordon Matta-Clark, Daniel Medina, Luis Molina-Pantin, Matthew Monahan, Nam Hwayeon, Els Opsomer, Park Jina, Park Jooyeon, Jo Ractliffe, Jewyo Rhii, Walid Sadek, Joachim Schoenfeldt, Fatou Kande Senghor, Taryn Simon, Dayanita Singh, Praneet Soi, Hiroshi Sugito, Catherine Sullivan, Sung-Hwan Kim, Sungyoon Yang, Tae Hun Kang, Koki Tanaka, Jose Angel Toirac 1966, Uijae , Alfred Wenemoser, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Bruce Yonemoto, Kohei Yoshiyuki, John Zurier ...

Ho-yoon Shin, Hu-ju Gu, Kiyoung Peik, Mun-Ho Ma, Munjong Park, Mario Benjamin, Marlon Griffith, Jarbas Lopes, MAP Office  (Laurent Gutierrez / Valerie Portefaix), Karyn Olivier, Jin Won Lee (aka GAZAEBAL ), Caecilia Trip, Raymundo Albano, Redza Piyadasa, Apinan Poshyananda, Jim Supangkat, Larnet  (In Ae Lim & Eun Young Hong), Christelle Lheureux, Mandla Reuter, Seulgi Lee, Seung Wook, Adel Abdessemed, Francis Alÿs, Seamus Farrell, Vincent Feria  (Francoise Vincent & Eloy Feria), Sislej Xhafa