On the Ground : Gwangju Biennale, 2013

Gwangju Korea

7 September – 11 November 2012


Founded in 1995 by Yongwoo Lee in memory of the civil uprising of the 1980 repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, the Gwangju Biennale is Asia’s oldest biennial of contemporary art.

This 9th edition ROUNDTABLE is curated by a group of six Asian women: Sunjung Kim, Mami Kataoka, Carol Yinghua Lu, Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, and Alia Swastika. Derived from their working method method of being geographically distant, the theme is intended as a non-hierarchal exchange concerning global cultural production and is articulated by the following six subthemes: Logging In and Out of Collectivity / Re-visiting History / Transient Encounters / Intimacy, Autonomy and Anonymity / Back to the Individual Experience / Impact of Mobility on Space and Time. 

All photos © Lucy Rees  

Read my interview with the curators here