An Introduction to the 2018 Gwangju Biennale Curators
Titled "Imagined Borders", the twelfth edition of the biennial will be acquiring works and commissioning site-specific pieces by a total of eleven curators from around the world. The art works will focus on the 1980 Gwangju Uprising; a mass protest against the former military government in which nearly a quarter of a million people participated.
From the eleven curators will come eleven mini-exhibitions with a selection of their chosen artists. We will look at each curator alongside one or two of their chosen artists.
Clara Kim is the Daskalopoulos Senior Curator of International Art (Africa, Asia & Middle East) for Tate. Kim has worked in museums and non-profit organizations in the USA for the past fifteen years, including as senior curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and gallery director/curator of REDCAT in Los Angeles.
Leonor Antunes (Portugal)
Alexandre Arrechea (Cuba)
Gridthiya Gaweewong founded arts organization Project 304 in 1996, and is currently Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok. Her curatorial projects have addressed issues of social transformation confronting artists from Thailand and beyond since the Cold War.
Munem Wasif (Bangladesh)
Agnieszka Kalinowska (Poland)
Christine Y. Kim and Rita Gonzalez
Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Rita Gonzalez, LACMA Curator and Defender of Subtlety.
Sunwoo Hoon (South Korea)
Alexey Buldakov (Russia)
Yeon Shim Chung and Yeewan Koon
Yeon Shim Chung, Associate Professor for the Department of Art History and Theory at Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea, Chung's research interests encompass both modern and contemporary Western and East Asian art. Yeewan Koon teaches Chinese and Japanese art history at the University of Hong Kong. She was a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before taking up her position at the University of Hong Kong. Her primary research area is Ming and Qing paintings with an interest in modern and contemporary art in Hong Kong.
Francis Alÿs (Belgium)
Man Seok Kim, Sung-woo Kim, and Chong-Ok Paek
South Korean curators Man Seok Kim, Sung-woo Kim, and Chong-Ok Paek will be collaborating to display only local South Korean Artists.
Suki Seokyeong Kang (South Korea)
B. G. Muhn
B. G. Muhn s a professor of painting and drawing and director of undergraduate studies in art in the Department of Art and Art History in the College at the Global Georgetown University.
Ri Chol (North Korea)
David Teh, Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore, is an independent curator and critic who has organized exhibits in Europe, Australia, and across Southeast Asia. David Teh's research focusses on contemporary art in Southeast Asia.
Agatha Goethe-Snape (Australia)
Site-specific Commissions include:
Adrián Villar Rojas (Argentina)
Mike Nelson (UK)
Kader Attia (France/Algeria)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)