11th Gwangju Biennale: A field report, or ‘what do biennials do?’

by Shwetal A. Patel

Amidst atmospheres of uncertainty and infrastructural precarity, the number and scale of biennales has seen an exponential increase over the last 30 years. The Gwangju Biennale – Asia’s largest and longest running – is no exception to this phenomenon. It has in recent years mounted ever more expansive and ambitious exhibitions and public programmes, curated by many of the world’s leading artistic protagonists. This year’s instantiation, under the direction of Maria Lind, revels in and reflects upon these dual trends of expansion and uncertainty.
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View of Nikos Charalambidis' Carnival Pause (2006) at the 27th São Paulo Biennial

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