• Tintin Wulia, Nous ne notons pas les fleurs, 2011, performance view.

    9th Gwangju Biennale

    Gwangju Biennale
    Biennale Hall, Gwangju City Museum, Folk Museum Gwangju, South Korea
    September 7–November 11, 2012

    Curated by Nancy Adajania, Wassan al-Khudhairi, Mami Kataoka, Sunjung Kim, Carol Yinghua Lu

    Armed with an ample curatorial team and a bevy of “intersecting urgencies,” the ninth edition of Asia’s longest-running biennial seems designed to counteract the neat, singular vision of its predecessor. To that end, it is offering up “Roundtable”—a platform shaped by open collectivity and a multiplicity of voices engaged in democratic, nonhierarchical exchange. Here, six female curators (five from East or South Asia, one from the Emirates) tender six curatorial themes ranging from “forms of collectivity” and “revisiting history” to “transient encounters” and “individual spirit.” The sheer diversity of perspectives at play will militate against a cohesive outcome, but then, tidiness is rarely a plus for biennials.