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Tim Griffin talks with curator Okwui Enwezor about the 7th Gwangju Biennale

WHEN IT DEBUTED in 1995, the Gwangju Biennale was the first large-scale exhibition of contemporary art to take place in Asia—a development all the more striking today, when nearly nine such exhibitions are taking place throughout the region in the next few months alone. For its seventh incarnation, the biennial (in another first) is being directed by a foreign curator, Okwui Enwezor, who is working with a team including Patrick D. Flores, Ranjit Hoskote, Abdellah Karroum, Hyunjin Kim, Jang Un Kim, Sung-Hyen Park, and Claire Tancons. Artforum editor Tim Griffin spoke with Enwezor about the show, which features the title “Annual Report: A Year in Exhibitions.”

TIM GRIFFIN: Before I ask about the art in your Gwangju Biennale, a broader observation: You don’t present a theme in this show. That is rather unexpected in the context of your curatorial work, no?

OKWUI ENWEZOR: Well, honestly, I was

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