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9th Gwangju Biennale, 2012

Gwangju, Republic of Korea

7 September - 11 November 2012

Artistic direction:
Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi,
Mami Kataoka, Sunjung Kim,
Carol Yinghua Lu, Alia Swastika


The theme of the 9th 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 2012Reflecting 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.

The Gwangju Biennale is hosted by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation and The Metropolitan City of Gwangju.


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

Gwangju Museum of Art
52 Haseo-ro, Buk-gu, Gwagnju, 500-170

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

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

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

(From press information)



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