Gwangju Biennale

GWANGJU BIENNALE Exhibition Hall | 111 Biennale-ro, Buk-gu
500-845 Gwangju

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artists & participants

Pawel AlthamerCarl Andre Art Oriente ObjetAnna ArtakerTauba AuerbachMorton BartlettThomas BayrleHans BellmerE.J. BellocqNayland BlakeJonathan BorofskyIrina BoteaKerstin BrätschGlenn BrownJames Lee ByarsDuncan CampbellJames CastleMaurizio CattelanJacques CharlierAnne CollierRoberto CuoghiKeren CytterJohn De AndreaGu DexinPhilip-Lorca diCorciaMike DisfarmerWalker EvansHarun FarockiJean FautrierHans-Peter FeldmannGuo Fengyi Fischli/WeissLee FriedlanderKatharina FritschAurelien FromentPaul FuscoCyprien GaillardRupprecht GeigerFranz GertschHermann GlöcknerJoao Maria GusmaoJoao Maria Gusmao & Pedro Paiva Haegue YangYang-Ah HamDuane HansonYdessa HendelesThomas HirschhornTom HolertArnoud HollemanCarsten HöllerRoni HornSanja Ivekovic Jikken Kobo Kan XuanJacob Kassay Katsuhiro YamaguchiLeandro KatzMike KelleyEdward & Nancy KienholzNancy KienholzShozo KitadaiKonrad KlapheckAlice KokJeff KoonsEmma KunzMaria LassnigMark LeckeySeung-Taek LeeSherrie LevineHerbert ListPaul McCarthyGustav MetzgerJohn MillerRabih MroueMatt MullicanBruce NaumanHenrik OlesenPedro PaivaEliot PorterSeth PriceThom PuckeyBridget RileyPeter RoehrDieter RothAtaru SatoKarl SchenkerJean-Frederic SchnyderTino SehgalPaul SharitsCindy Sherman Shinro OhtakeLaurie SimmonsHito SteyerlElaine Sturtevant Tehching Hsieh Tetsumi KudoPaul ThekRyan TrecartinFranco VaccariStan VanderbeekDanh VoAndy WarholLiu Wei (1972)Andro WekuaWu WenguangChristopher WilliamsMing WongZhou XiahouHuang Yong PingSergey Zarva Zhang EnliLiu ZhengArtur Zmijewski 


press release

The Gwangju Biennale Foundation and Artistic Director Massimiliano Gioni are pleased to announce the initial list of artists and exhibition details for 10,000 Lives, the 8th Gwangju Biennale. Constructed as a large thematic exhibition, the Biennale will develop a sprawling investigation of the relationships that bind people to images and images to people.

With works by more than 100 artists, realized between 1901 and 2010, as well as several new commissions, the exhibition will be configured as a temporary museum in which both artworks and cultural artifacts from more than 25 countries are brought together to examine our obsession with images.

"Each day billions of images are produced and consumed," explains Director Massimiliano Gioni. "More than 500,000 images per second are uploaded to a single website. Americans alone take an average of 550 snap shots per second. A record 14 million dollars has been paid for the right to reproduce one single image. We seek comfort in images and carry out wars in their name; we congregate around images, we adore them, crave them, we consume them and destroy them."

The exhibition title is borrowed from Maninbo (10,000 Lives), the 30 volume epic poem by Korean author Ko Un. Conceived while Ko was in prison for his participation in the 1980 South Korean democratic movement, Maninbo comprises over 3,800 portraits in words, describing every person Ko Un has ever met, including figures from history and literature.

"From ancient mythology we learn that images were created to capture the shadow of lovers and to commemorate the lives of the ones we have lost," continues Gioni. "The exhibition 10,000 Lives attempts to present a series of case studies that explore our love for images and our need to create substitutes, effigies, and stands-in for ourselves and our loved ones. The exhibition unravels as a gallery of portraits or as a dysfunctional family album. It tells the story of people through the images they create and the images they leave behind, but it also follows the lives of images themselves, tracing their endless metamorphoses, from funerary statue to commercial propaganda, from religious icon to scientific tool, from a mirror of ourselves to a projection of our desires."

Along with the work of contemporary artists, the exhibition includes found photographs and cultural artifacts that exemplify the multifaceted existence of images, placing them within a wider cultural context and, at times, blurring the line between documents, relics, and art works.

Participating Artists (Please note: this list is not final. Current as of April 20, 2010): Pawel Althamer; Carl Andre; Art Orienté objet (Laval-Jeantet & Mangin); Anna Artaker; Tauba Auerbach; Morton Bartlett; Thomas Bayrle; E.J. Bellocq; Hans Bellmer; Nayland Blake; Jonathan Borofsky; Irina Botea; Kerstin Brätsch; Glenn Brown; James Lee Byars; Duncan Campbell; James Castle; Maurizio Cattelan; Jacques Charlier; Hyejeong Cho; Kwang-Ho Choi; Anne Collier; Roberto Cuoghi; Keren Cytter; John De Andrea; André de Dienes; Philip-Lorca diCorcia; Mike Disfarmer; Walker Evans; Eye Glass Shop; Harun Farocki; Jean Fautrier; Hans-Peter Feldmann; Fischli and Weiss; Lee Friedlander; Katharina Fritsch; Aurélien Froment; Paul Fusco; Cyprien Gaillard; Rupprecht Geiger; Franz Gertsch; Hermann Glöckner; Gu Dexin; João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva; Guo Fengyi; Yang-ah Ham; Duane Hanson; Ydessa Hendeles/Teddy Bear Project; Thomas Hirschhorn; Tom Holert; Arnoud Holleman; Carsten Höller; Roni Horn; Tehching Hsieh; Huang Yong Ping; Heungsoon Im; Sanja Iveković; Jikken Kobo / Experimental Workshop (Shozo Kitadai, Kiyoji Otsuji, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi); Yasmine Kabir; Kan Xuan; Jacob Kassay; Leandro Katz; Mike Kelley; Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz; Hanyong Kim; Konrad Klapheck; Alice Kok; Kokdu Dolls from the collection of Ock Rang Kim; Jeff Koons; Tetsumi Kudo; Emma Kunz; Maria Lassnig; Mark Leckey; Jung Lee; Seung-taek Lee; Sherrie Levine; Herbert List; Liu Wei; Liu Zheng; Paul McCarthy; Gustav Metzger; John Miller; Rabih Mroué; Matt Mullican; Namhan Photo Studio; Bruce Nauman; Shinro Ohtake; Henrik Olesen; Eliot Porter; Seth Price; Thom Puckey; Bridget Riley; Peter Roehr; Dieter Roth; Ataru Sato; Karl Schenker; Jean-Frédéric Schnyder; Tino Sehgal; Paul Sharits; Cindy Sherman; Laurie Simmons; Hito Steyerl; Sturtevant; Paul Thek; Ryan Trecartin; Tuol Sleng Prison Photographs; Useful Photography; Franco Vaccari; Stan VanDerBeek; Danh Vo; Andy Warhol; Andro Wekua; Christopher Williams; Ming Wong; Wu Wenguang; Katsuhiro Yamaguchi; Haegue Yang; Ye Jinglu (photo album discovered by Tong Bingxue); Sergey Zarva; Zhang Enli; Zhao Shutong; Wang Guanyi and the Rent Collection Courtyard collective; Zhou Xiahou; Jakub Ziolkowski; Artur Zmijewski

A final list of artists and projects will be announced in August 2010.

About the Gwangju Biennale Founded in 1995 in memory of the spirit of civil uprising resulting from the 1980 repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, the Gwangju Biennale is Asia's oldest and most prestigious biennial of contemporary art. Under the helm of previous curators that include Kerry Brougher, Sukwon Chang, Okwui Enwezor, Charles Esche, Hou Hanru, Honghee Kim, Yongwoo Lee, Youngchul Lee, Kwangsoo Oh, Wankyoung Sung and Harald Szeemann, the Gwangju Biennale has established itself as a highlight of the international contemporary art biennale circuit.

Massimiliano Gioni The Gwangju Biennale Foundation has appointed Massimiliano Gioni as artistic director of the 8th Gwangju Biennale in 2010.“The Gwangju Biennale Foundation is very pleased to work with Massimiliano Gioni as the artistic director of the 8th Gwangju Biennale. Massimiliano is one of the emerging curators remapping the international landscape of art in the 21st century. Both his institutional work at the Trussardi Foundation and at the New Museum as well as his re-invention of the genre of the large-scale exhibition were ground-breaking, challenging and exhilarating,”comments Yongwoo Lee, CEO of the Gwangju Biennale and Vice President of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation on Gioni’s appointment.

Massimiliano Gioni, born in 1973, who takes up his role in May, is the artistic director of the Nicola Trussardi Foundation in Milan and the director of special exhibitions at the New Museum in New York.

A curator and a writer, Gioni has collaborated with many institutions, museums, and biennials, while cultivating a series of independent initiatives such as the Wrong Gallery and the self-published magazines Charley and the Wrong Times.

In 2006 he curated Of Mice and Men –the 4th Berlin Bienniale for Contemporary Art, with Maurizio Cattelan and Ali Subotnick (Berlin, 2006).

In 2004 he curated Manifesta 5 (San Sebastian, Spain, 2004) with Marta Kuzma. He was part of the curatorial team of Monument to Now (Athens, 2004) and of The Fractured Figure (Athens, 2007), two exhibitions originated by the Dakis Joannou collection with which he frequently collaborates.

Since 2003, Gioni has been directing the Trussardi Foundation, a nomadic museum that has staged solo exhibitions, special projects and interventions in abandoned buildings, public spaces and forgotten monuments of the city of Milan. For the Fondazione Trussardi, Gioni has organized exhibitions by, among others: Pawel Althamer, John Bock, Maurizio Cattelan, Martin Creed, Elmgreen and Dragset, Urs Fischer, Fischli and Weiss, Paola Pivi, Anri Sala, Tino Sehgal.

At the New Museum, in 2008 Gioni co-curated the inaugural cycle of exhibitions Unmonumental with Richard Flood and Laura Hoptman. He organized Paul Chan’ first institutional exhibition in America and curated After Nature, a group exhibition that combined contemporary artists with outsiders, writers, and other cult figures. Most recently he organized “he Generational: Younger Than Jesus” with Lauren Cornell and Laura Hoptman, an international survey of artists born around 1980.

Massimiliano Gioni is the youngest artistic director in the history of the Gwangju Biennale and the first European to take on this position.

“I am very much looking forward to this opportunity,”said Massimiliano Gioni on the occasion of his appointment. “The Gwangju Biennale is certainly one of the most respected biennials in the world and one that has kept pushing its limits by working with great curators and directors, from Harald Szeemann to Okwui Enwezor. The fact that the biennale was founded to commemorate and honor the uprisings that led to the democratization of South Korea makes it a very unique institution that is rooted not only in contemporary art but in culture at large.”

8th Gwangju Biennale 2010
Künstlerischer Direktor: Massimiliano Gioni

Künstler: Pawel Althamer, Carl Andre, Art Oriente objet  (Laval-Jeantet & Mangin), Anna Artaker, Tauba Auerbach, Morton Bartlett, Thomas Bayrle, E.J. Bellocq, Hans Bellmer, Nayland Blake, Jonathan Borofsky, Irina Botea, Kerstin Brätsch, Glenn Brown, James Lee Byars, Duncan Campbell, James Castle, Maurizio Cattelan, Jacques Charlier, Hyejeong Cho, Kwang-Ho Choi, Anne Collier, Roberto Cuoghi, Keren Cytter, John De Andrea, Andre de Dienes, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Mike Disfarmer, Walker Evans, Eye Glass Shop , Harun Farocki, Jean Fautrier, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Fischli / Weiss, Lee Friedlander, Katharina Fritsch, Aurelien Froment, Paul Fusco, Cyprien Gaillard, Rupprecht Geiger, Franz Gertsch, Hermann Glöckner, Gu Dexin, Joao Maria Gusmao / Pedro Paiva, Guo Fengyi, Yang-Ah Ham, Duane Hanson, Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation / Teddy Bear Project , Thomas Hirschhorn, Tom Holert, Arnoud Holleman, Carsten Höller, Roni Horn, Tehching Hsieh, Huang Yong Ping, Heungsoon Im, Sanja Ivekovic, Jikken Kobo / Experimental Workshop  (Shozo Kitadai, Kiyoji Otsuji, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi), Yasmine Kabir, Kan Xuan, Jacob Kassay, Leandro Katz, Mike Kelley, Edward & Nancy Kienholz, Hanyong Kim, Konrad Klapheck, Alice Kok, Kokdu Dolls / Collection Ock Rang Kim, Jeff Koons, Tetsumi Kudo, Emma Kunz, Maria Lassnig, Mark Leckey, Jung Lee, Seung-Taek Lee, Sherrie Levine, Herbert List, Liu Wei, Liu Zheng, Paul McCarthy, Gustav Metzger, John Miller, Rabih Mroue, Matt Mullican, Namhan Photo Studio , Bruce Nauman, Shinro Ohtake, Henrik Olesen, Eliot Porter, Seth Price, Thom Puckey, Bridget Riley, Peter Roehr, Dieter Roth, Ataru Sato, Karl Schenker, Jean-Frederic Schnyder, Tino Sehgal, Paul Sharits, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Hito Steyerl, Elaine Sturtevant, Paul Thek, Ryan Trecartin, Tuol Sleng Prison Photographs, Useful Photography , Franco Vaccari, Stan Vanderbeek, Danh Vo, Andy Warhol, Andro Wekua, Christopher Williams, Ming Wong, Wu Wenguang, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Haegue Yang, Ye Jinglu (Tong Bingxue), Sergey Zarva, Zhang Enli, Zhao Shutong, Wang Guanyi & Rent Collection Courtyard Collective , Zhou Xiahou, Jakub Ziolkowski, Artur Zmijewski