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12th Gwangju Biennale

12th Gwangju Biennale

Imagined Borders

Francis Alÿs » Halil Altindere » Leonor Antunes » Alexander Apóstol » Marwa Arsanios » Kader Attia » Lara Baladi » Yto Barrada » Louidgi Beltrame » Zach Blas » Alex Buldakov » Tiffany Chung » Paolo Cirio » Shezad Dawood » Simon Denny » Ângela Ferreira » Carlos Garaicoa » Shilpa Gupta » CHIA-WEI HSU » Agnieszka Kalinowska » Kiluanji Kia Henda » Dinh Q. Lê » Aernout Mik » Rafal Milach » Yoshitomo Nara » Trevor Paglen » Marwan Rechmaoui » Mauro Restiffe » Kirill Savchenkov » Amie Siegel » Lawrence Sumulong » Superflex (Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen, Bjørnstjerne Christiansen) » Martine Syms » HO Tzu Nyen » Munem Wasif » Apichatpong Weerasethakul » & others

Festival: – 11 Nov 2018

The Gwangju Biennale Foundation

111 Biennale-ro, Buk-gu
500-845 Gwangju

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The 12th Gwangju Biennale will see 165 artists from 43 different countries participate in a series of seven exhibitions and the GB Commission exploring the political, cultural, physical and emotional concepts of borders in today’s global community. For this edition of the Gwangju Biennale, a collective of 11 curators from around the world will devise a program of thematic exhibitions, in addition to a monumental new program, the GB Commission and a series of Pavilion Projects taking place across the city of Gwangju. Multiple curators from the UK to LA, Singapore to Seoul have brought their diverse perspectives and expertise to the Biennale and collaborated on projects inspired by the concept of Imagined Borders. Based on their expertise in sociology, politics, migration and the refugee experience, the curators confirmed a list of 163 participating artists within seven thematic exhibitions and the GB Commission which will reflect contemporary society and amplify the level of diverse voices in the cultural community. Highlights of the presentation will include the Cuban artist collective Los Carpinteros, Belgian-born and Mexico-based artist Francis Alÿs, Kuwait and Pueto Rico-based curator and artist Alia Farid who devised the first Kuwait Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, and French artist based between Berlin and Algeria, Kader Attia, whose work explores the legacy of migration, colonialism and trade to interrogate the idea of a collective cultural memory. The increase in global visibility for Asian artists is represented through this expanded program of artists from across the continent; including Thailand-born filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival; Shilpa Gupta who explores Asian identity in his work; Ho Tzu Nyen whose Singapore Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale brought an immersive, panoramic view of pre-colonial Singapore to the Italian island; and Yoshimoto Nara, pioneer of Japanese pop art will participate in this year’s Gwangju Biennale.