Kim Sun-jung, director of the Art Sonje Center in Seoul, has been appointed the new president of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Jia Dong of ArtAsiaPacific reports. She will serve a three-year term.
Prior to joining the foundation, Kim Sun-jung codirected the 2012 Gwangju Biennale, “Roundtable,” which featured ninety-two artists from forty countries. She served as the artistic director of Mediacity Seoul 2010, and commissioned the Korean Pavilion at the 2005 Venice Biennale.
Founded in 1995, the Gwangju Biennale strives to provide a dynamic platform for local and international artists. The exhibition drew criticism in 2014, when a Hong Seong-dam painting depicting family members of the children who died in the nation’s ferry disaster was removed following political pressure. The controversy prompted several Japanese artists from Okinawa to pull their works and led to the resignations of Yongwoo Lee, the president of the foundation at the time, and head curator Yoon Beom-mo.