11th Gwangju Biennale Reveals Participating Artists

It's Asia’s oldest contemporary art biennial.

Curator and writer Maria LindPhoto via: Clocktower
Curator and writer Maria Lind
Photo via: Clocktower

The Gwangju Biennale has revealed the list of participating artists in the upcoming 2016 edition, opening on September 2 and running through November 6. The 66-day exhibition will be dedicated to the exploration of the state and function of art. Curated by Binna Choi, artistic director Maria Lind, and assistant curators Azar Mahmoudian, Margarida Mendes, and Michelle Wong, the 11th Gwangju Biennale focuses around the question “what does art do,” and aims to answer this question in both present and future contexts.

The curatorial team is also interested in active public interaction with the exhibitions and hopes to facilitate this both through activities, screenings, reading groups, and seminars as well as through the Biennale’s main venue in the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, which is one of the city’s focal sites. The emphasis on public participation aims to create a link between Gwangju’s local community and the international public.

Founded in 1995, the Gwangju Biennale is Asia’s oldest contemporary art biennial, and is recognized by the Biennale Foundation as an important player in the international contemporary art biennial circuit—reflecting the growing interest in Asia’s art and culture as well as its rapidly changing physical and cultural landscapes. Originally founded in memory of the civil uprising around the 1980 repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, the Gwangju Biennale has become a basis of cultural communication for the city—not only from Korea to the rest of Asia but also to the rest of the world.

Last year, the Gwangju Biennale presented a new brand identity by inaugurating a new logo that symbolizes the biennial’s innovation and influential role in the global contemporary art world. The new logo’s avant-garde approach fittingly accompanies the 2016 Gwangju Biennale’s pressing question regarding the future of art.

New Logo for Gwangju Biennale. Photo: Gwangju Biennale CI. Design: Prof. Lee, Nami, Hongik University via E-Flux.

New Logo for Gwangju Biennale. Photo: Gwangju Biennale CI. Design: Prof. Lee, Nami, Hongik University via E-Flux.

The list of participating artists for the 11th Gwangju Biennale includes:
Ade Darmawan
Adelita Husni-Bey
Agnieszka Polska
Ahmet Ogut
Aimée Zito Lema
Alma Heikkilä
Amalia Pica
Andrew Norman Wilson
Ane Graff
Ane Hjort Guttu with Daisuke Kosugi
Anicka Yi
Ann Lislegaard
Annie Wan
Anton Vidokle
Apolonija Sustersic with Dari Bae
Arseny Zhilyaev
Ayesha Sultana
Azar Alsharif
Babi Badalov
Barbora Kleinhamplová and Tereza Stejskalová
Bernd Krauss
Bik van der Pol
Bona Park
Celine Condorelli
Christian Nyampeta
Christopher Thomas Kulendran
Claire Barclay
Cooperativa Cráter Invertido
Dale Harding
David Maljkovic
Diogo Evangelista
Dora Garcia
Doug Ashford
Elena Damiani
Emily Roysdon
Eyal Weizman
Fahd Burki
Fernando Garcia-Dory
Flo Kasearu
Guillermo Faivovic & Nicholas Goldberg
Gunilla Klingberg
Hajra Waheed
Hito Steyerl
Ingela Ihrman
Insun Park
Iza Taraszewicz
Jeamin Cha
Jasmina Metwaly & Philip Rizk
Jewyo Rhii with Jihyun Jung
Jinghu Li
José Léon Cerrillo
Joungmin Yi
Julia Sarisetiati
Katie Paterson
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Lili Reynaud Dewar
Mariana Silva
Marie Kölbaek Iversen
Matias Faldbakken
Michael Beutler
Mika Tajima
Mohammad Salemmy
Mounir Farmanfarmaian
Nadia Belerique
Natascha Sadr Haghighian
Nazgol Ansarinia
Nicholas Mangan
Oasias Yanov
Otobong Nkanga
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz
Philippe Parreno
Prajakta Potnis
Pratchaya Phinthong
Rana Begum
Raqs Media Collective
Ruth Buchanan
Sachiko Kazama
Saskia Noor Van Imhoff
Seola Kim
Siren eun young jung
Sojung Jun
Sören Andreasen
Suki Seokyeing Kang
Tania Perez Cordova
The Otolith Group
Tommy Stockel
Trevor Paglen
Tyler Coburn
Walid Raad
Wasif Munem
Yu Ji
Yun Hu
Zhou Tao

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