Founded in 1995 in memory of spirits of civil uprising of the 1980 repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea is Asia’s oldest biennial of contemporary art. The Gwangju Biennale shows contemporary art under a theme along with special guest exhibitions and various performances.
Centered around the Biennale Hall in Gwangju’s Jungoui Park, the Gwangju Biennale reflects the growing interest in Asian art, culture and Asia’s new cities and culture trends.
Biennale titles have included Beyond the Borders (1995), Unmapping the Earth (1997), Man + Space (2000), Pause (2002), A Grain of Dust, A Drop of Water (2004), Fever Variations (2006) and Annual Report: A Year in Exhibitions (2008), 10,000 Lives (2010). Curators have included: Kerry Brougher, Sukwon Chang, Okwui Enwezor, Massimiliano Gioni, Charles Esche, Hou Hanru, Honghee Kim, Yongwoo Lee, Youngchul Lee, Kwangsoo Oh, Wankyoung Sung, and Harald Szeemann.