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Gwangju Biennale Announces Curators for Its Twelfth Edition

The Gwangju Biennale Foundation has announced that eleven curators have been appointed to organize its 2018 exhibition. The curatorial team comprises art historians Yeon Shim Chung and Yeewan Koon; South Korean curators Sung woo Kim, Man Seok Kim, and Chong-Ok Paek; Gridthiya Gaweewong, the artistic director of Bangkok’s Jim Thompson Art Center; Rita Gonzalez, the head of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Christine Y. Kim, the associate curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Clara Kim, Tate’s senior curator of international art; B. G. Muhn, an educator and specialist on North Korea; and David Teh, an independent curator and art critic.

As part of a new exhibition model, the curators will stage seven separate exhibitions that address issues of migration, colonialism, national borders, history, and technology, among other topics, at a number of venues across the city, including the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall and the Asia Culture Center.

Titled “Imagined Borders,” which references the inaugural Gwangju Biennale, “Beyond the Borders,” and the late political scientist and historian Benedict Anderson, who is best known for examining the origins of nationalism in his 1983 book Imagined Communities, the event will kick off on September 7, 2018.