BLOG:: Field Trip: Gwangju

Sep 19, 2014 4:49AM

“Burning Down the House,” the title of the 2014 Gwangju Biennale—now in its tenth edition—may sound familiar to fans of the 1980s American art-rock band The Talking Heads. Not to be confused as an exhibition of artists from that generation, Gwangju Biennale artistic director Jessica Morgan uses the pop song’s catchy title as a way to explore the “potential of art as movement by exploring the efforts made by contemporary artists to address personal and public issues through individual and collective engagement, as well as demonstrating how challenging these efforts and their impacts have become.” Here, together with associate curators Enna Bae, Fatos Ustek and Emiliano Valdes, Morgan assembled a bold, confrontational exhibition, comprised of works by 105 artists and artist groups from over 38 countries, mainly taking place in the 8,100-square-meter, purpose-built Biennale Hall. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this year’s Gwangju Biennale. 


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Jenna Gribbon, Luncheon on the grass, a recurring dream, 2020. Jenna Gribbon, April studio, parting glance, 2021. Jenna Gribbon, Silver Tongue, 2019