The Gwangju Biennale has revealed the list of participating artists in the upcoming 2016 edition, opening on September 2 and running through November 6. The 66-day exhibition will be dedicated to the exploration of the state and function of art. Curated by Binna Choi, artistic director Maria Lind, and assistant curators Azar Mahmoudian, Margarida Mendes, and Michelle Wong, the 11th Gwangju Biennale focuses around the question “what does art do,” and aims to answer this question in both present and future contexts.
The curatorial team is also interested in active public interaction with the exhibitions and hopes to facilitate this both through activities, screenings, reading groups, and seminars as well as through the Biennale’s main venue in the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, which is one of the city’s focal sites. The emphasis on public participation aims to create a link between Gwangju’s local community and the international public.
Founded in 1995, the Gwangju Biennale is Asia’s oldest contemporary art biennial, and is recognized by the Biennale Foundation as an important player in the international contemporary art biennial circuit—reflecting the growing interest in Asia’s art and culture as well as its rapidly changing physical and cultural landscapes. Originally founded in memory of the civil uprising around the 1980 repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, the Gwangju Biennale has become a basis of cultural communication for the city—not only from Korea to the rest of Asia but also to the rest of the world.
Last year, the Gwangju Biennale presented a new brand identity by inaugurating a new logo that symbolizes the biennial’s innovation and influential role in the global contemporary art world. The new logo’s avant-garde approach fittingly accompanies the 2016 Gwangju Biennale’s pressing question regarding the future of art.
The list of participating artists for the 11th Gwangju Biennale includes:
Aimée Zito Lema
Andrew Norman Wilson
Ane Hjort Guttu with Daisuke Kosugi
Apolonija Sustersic with Dari Bae
Barbora Kleinhamplová and Tereza Stejskalová
Bik van der Pol
Christopher Thomas Kulendran
Cooperativa Cráter Invertido
Guillermo Faivovic & Nicholas Goldberg
Jasmina Metwaly & Philip Rizk
Jewyo Rhii with Jihyun Jung
José Léon Cerrillo
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Lili Reynaud Dewar
Marie Kölbaek Iversen
Natascha Sadr Haghighian
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz
Raqs Media Collective
Saskia Noor Van Imhoff
Siren eun young jung
Suki Seokyeing Kang
Tania Perez Cordova
The Otolith Group
- Maria Lind, Artistic Director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale
- Gwangju Biennale Foundation