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The Gwangju Biennale 2004, curated by Yongwoo Lee and co-curated by Kerry Brougher and Sukwon Chang, acted as a cultural forum experimenting with the elevation of the spectator from passive observer to active participant by working collaboratively to produce works of art with the biennale's selected artists. "A Grain of Dust A Drop of Water" is a vital natural phenomenon and ecological interpretation of order describing the cycle of creation and extinction. Dust suggests noise and cries, covers the objects of our conspicuous consumption that are remains of our industrial society. A drop of water suggests the medium of creation, animates the inanimate thus allowing the cycle of life. Dust, together with water, heals the negative elements of the contemporary society, thus revitalizing the new cultural & aesthetics values in the present world.
237 artists from 41 countries participated across all of the projects under the 5th Gwangju Biennale.
Artists included: Allora & Calzadilla (Cuba), El Anatsui (Ghana), Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan (Philippines), BUAN People (Korea), Walterico Caldas (Brazil), Pablo Cardoso (Ecuador), Jota Castro (Peru), Russell Crotty (US), Jimmie Durham (US), Asa Elzen (Sweden), Environmental Artists (Korea), Bruna Esposito (Italy), Mounir Fatmi (Morocco), Nayia Frangouli (Greece), Kendell Geers (South Africa), Joong-ki Geum (Korea), Lyudmila Gorlova (Russia), Richard Hamilton (UK), Pierre Huyghe (France), Koji Iijima (Japan), Emily Jacir (Palestine), Joon-ho Jeon (Korea), Magdalena Jetelova (Czech Republic), Soo-cheon Jheon (Korea), Brian Jungen (Canada), Eduardo Kac (Brazil), Anish Kapoor (India), Byoung-jong Kim (Korea), Jin-ran Kim (Korea), Seung-young Kim (Korea), Kyoung-ho Lee (Korea), Zilla Leutenegger (Switzerland), Marco Maggi (Uruguay), Malam (Cameroon), Teresa Margolles (Mexico), Eva Marisaldi (Italy), Ilka Meyer (Germany), Tatsuo Miyajima (Japan), Zwelethu Mthethwa (South Africa), Antoni Muntadas (Spain), Wangechi Mutu (Kenya), Ibrahim Nasrallah (Jordan), Francis Ng (Singapore), Ahmet Oktem (Turkey), Lucy Orta (France), Muyiwa Osifuye (Nigeria), Michael Parekowhai (New Zealand), Bul-ddong Park (Korea), Daniel Pflumm (Switzerland), Marjetica Potrc (Slovenia), Marc Quinn (UK), Annie Ratti (Italy), Kelly Richardson (Canada), Thomas Ruff (Germany), Edward Ruscha (US), SAA (Site and Artists) (Korea), Jim Sanborn (US), Tisna Sanjaya (Indonesia), Raquel Schwartz (Bolivia), Leonid Sokov (Russia), Jennifer Steinkamp (US), Sun Xiaofeng (China), Sun Yuan & Peng Yu (China), Nguyen Minh Thanh (Vietnam), The Kingpins (Australia), Momoyo Torimitsu (Japan), Yue Min Jun (China).
5. Gwangju Biennale
A Grain of Dust A Drop of Water
10. September - 11. November 2004