Gwangju, Republic of Korea
5 September - 9 November 2014
Burning Down the House explores the process of burning and transformation, a cycle of obliteration and renewal witnessed throughout history. Evident in aesthetics, historical events, and an increasingly rapid course of redundancy and renewal in commercial culture, the Biennale reflects on this process of, often violent, events of destruction or self-destruction —burning the home one occupies— followed by the promise of the new and the hope for change.
Burning Down the House examines the potential of art as movement, by exploring the efforts made by contemporary artists to address personal and public issues through individual and collective engagement, as well as demonstrating how challenging these efforts and their impacts have become. Contrary to museums, with their often hegemonic cultural policies and interest in denoting legacies and traditions, the biennale is a mobile and flexible event, which offers a spectrum of creative expressions that are immediate, contemporary and topical, making the proposed debate of art asmovement fitting for the space of Gwangju - both geopolitically and as an institutional alternative.
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The 10th Gwangju Biennale, is curated by Jessica Morgan, Daskolopoulos Curator, International Art at Tate Modern. Fatos Ustek and Emiliano Valdes are Associate Curators for the Biennale, Enna Bae is Associate Curator for Performance and Teresa Kittler is Assistant Curator.
The Gwangju Biennale is hosted by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation and The Metropolitan City of Gwangju.
(From press information, 23 January 2014)
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