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Gwangju Biennale 2012

Gwangju Biennale 2012

9. Gwangju Biennale 2012


The theme of the 9. Gwangju Biennale 'ROUNDTABLE' is an open-ended series of collaborations that require active participation and individual responsibility, resulting in a multiplicity of voice, as well as opportunities for cross-contamination.

Curators, Gwangju Biennale 2012

Reflecting the diversity of its six Co-Artistic Directors - Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Mami Kataoka, Sunjung Kim, Carol Yinghua Lu, Alia Swastika - (see the biographies) ROUNDTABLE is articulated by 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.
Its structure acknowledges the impossibility of unconditional collaboration and the potential for non-hierarchical exchange.
see the statements by the co-artistic directors

Drawn from over 44 countries, ROUNDTABLE’s participants are not delineated by any presumed geographic, thematic or material approach. Their work presents overlapping and contrary perspectives on ROUNDTABLE’s subthemes, exploring issues of isolation, migration, mass communication, and the relationship between group trauma, memory, and history, effectively expressing divergent riffs on a central hypernym.

This is an intentional result of the Co-Artistic Directors’ ongoing conversations and the influence they have had on each other’s thinking, a quality that will likewise shape their approach to the exhibition’s conceptual and physical space.

Die Gwangju Biennale wird von der Gwangju Biennale Foundation und The Metropolitan City of Gwangju ausgerichtet.


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

Gwangju Kunstmuseum
52 Haseo-ro, Buk-gu, Gwagnju, 500-170

Kino Gwangju
62 Chungjang-ro 5-ga, Dong-gu, Gwangju, 501-015

Daein Markt
310-9 Daein-dong, Dong-gu, Gwangju, 501-811

Tempel Mugak-sa
Chipyeong-dong San 1, Seo-gu, Gwangju, 502-270



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