Gwangju Biennale announces its 2018 edition: “Imagined Borders”

The Gwanju Biennale has announced that its 12th edition in 2018 will revolve around the theme “Imagined Borders”.

Using multiple curators the biennale will focus predominantly on the history and symbolism of its geographic context of Gwanju, South Korea. 

Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall. Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation

Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall. Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation

Ahead of its 2018 edition, the Gwanju Biennale was founded in 1995 in memory of “spirits of civil uprising of the 1980 repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement”, and now serves as Asia’s oldest biennial of contemporary art. This week, it announced its intentions for its next presentation, implementing a multiple curator system in the hope that this will

formulate diversified exhibitions that ruminate on both the past and the present of human civilization and explore alternatives for the future while re-illuminating the city of Gwangju.

This process of co-curating will hopefully instil new energy into the exhibition, allowing a diverse set of ideas and discourses to form the structure of the work and themes on display at the Biennale.

Gwangju Biennale Foundation. Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation

Gwangju Biennale Foundation. Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation

Crucial to the 2018 iteration is the theme of “Imagined Borders”, a term appropriated from Benedict Anderson’s literature on nationalism titled Imagined Community. This theme will consider issues including economics, politics, psychology and the idea of “borderlessness”, and existing within and outside of borders. As the Biennale explains, this is particularly important now,

at a time when invisible yet iron borders – not dichotomous borders (e.g., between nations and generations) but the more complex borders among diverse elements – have emerged, the theme “Imagined Border” will provide an opportunity to reconsider the agenda of the global community of our times.

Anna Jamieson

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