• Zhou Xiahou, Concentration Training Camp, 2007–2008, still from multi-channel video installation.

    8th Gwangju Biennale

    Gwangju Biennale
    Biennale Hall, Gwangju City Museum, Folk Museum Gwangju, South Korea
    May 29, 2013–November 7, 2010

    Curated by Massimiliano Gioni

    Since its inception in 1995, Asia’s wealthiest biennial has weathered a scandal that led to the resignation of one of its curators, and stiff competition from shinier, newer international shows at home and abroad. Massimiliano Gioni hopes to restore some of its luster with this iteration, named “10,000 Lives” after well-known dissident Ko Un’s epic poem. Featuring more than one hundred artists from twenty-five countries, including several alumni from Gioni’s 2009 “Younger than Jesus” survey and local stalwarts such as the underrecognized Lee Seung-taek, a leading light of the Seoul Conceptual art scene of the 1960s, “10,000 Lives” aspires to live up to its namesake. With works made over the past 110 years, and a substantial catalogue to archive them, this biennial will be as much about remembering the past as celebrating the abundance of the present.