June 4, 2014 - Gwangju Biennale - "The Biennial Effect: Artists’ Perspectives" presented with Tate Modern
June 4, 2014

"The Biennial Effect: Artists’ Perspectives" presented with Tate Modern

Sheela Gowda, Protest, my son, 2011. Print on paper, watercolour on print on paper, horn, fur, 424.4 x 287.5 cm; 89 x 60 cm. Courtesy of the artist and GallerySKE, Bangalore.

“The Biennial Effect: Artists’ Perspectives”
Wednesday 11 June 2014, 18:30–20:20h

Co-hosted by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation and Tate Modern

Tate Modern, London
Starr Auditorium


A rare opportunity to hear five significant international artists talk about the relevance and personal importance of biennials for their work, sharing a connection as past or future participants of the Gwangju Biennale. Hans Haacke, Do Ho Suh, Sheela Gowda, Camille Henrot and Roman Ondák discuss the pivotal works they have contributed to recent biennials.

The panel is chaired by Jessica Morgan, Artistic Director of the 10th Gwangju Biennale, and The Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art at Tate Modern. The discussion will be introduced by Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate, and Dr. Yongwoo Lee, President of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

The title of the 10th Gwangju Biennale, taking place from 5 September to 9 November, is Burning Down the House. The exhibition explores the process of burning and transformation, a cycle of obliteration and renewal witnessed throughout history. Evident in aesthetics, historical events, and an increasingly rapid course of redundancy and renewal in commercial culture, the Biennale reflects on this process of, often violent, events of destruction or self-destruction—burning the home one occupies—followed by the promise of the new and the hope for change. The Biennale will bring together over 100 artists from more than 35 countries and will include over 30 new commissions.

Sheela Gowda
Gowda was born in Bhadravati in 1957, and lives and works in Bangalore, India. She has exhibited internationally including a solo exhibition at Van Abbe, Eindhoven, 2013; INIVA, London, 2012; Postulates of Contiguity, Office for Contemporary Art (OCA) Norway, 2010; Textiles: Art and Social Fabric, MuKHA, Antwerp, 2009; The Sharjah Biennial and Venice Biennale, 2009; Documenta 12, 2007; and GALLERYSKE, Bangalore, 2004. She is currently on a DAAD Fellowship in Berlin.

Hans Haacke
Haacke was born in Cologne, Germany 1936. He has worked in New York since early 1960s and has taught at School of Art of Cooper Union, New York, from 1967 to 2002. Solo exhibitions include Tate Gallery, London, 1984; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1986; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1989; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 2006; and MuseoNacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2012. His works were included in four dOCUMENTA and the Biennials of Tokyo, Sydney, Saõ Paulo, Venice, Johannesburg, Gwangju, Sharjah, as well as Whitney Biennial. Hans Haacke shared the Golden Lion award with Nam June Paik for the best pavilion of 1993 Venice Biennale.

Camille Henrot
Camille Henrot’s work has been exhibited at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; Chisenhale Gallery, London; SculptureCenter in New York; Institute of Contemporary Art in London; Centre Pompidou in Paris; Museum of Modern Art in Paris; the New Orleans Museum of Art; and Palais de Tokyo. In 2010 she was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp. In 2013 she was the recipient of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in Washington DC, where she produced the video Grosse Fatigue, which won the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale. She has upcoming solo exhibitions at the New Museum, New York and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark. She is also nominated for the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize.

Do Ho Suh
Do Ho Suh is an internationally renowned Korean artist whose site-specific installations and meticulously crafted sculptures question boundaries of identity and conventional notions of scale and space in both its physical and metaphorical manifestation. His thought-provoking works have been represented in many of the world’s leading museums, including Tate Modern.

Roman Ondák
Ondák was born in Zilina, Slovakia. His recent solo exhibitions were held at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and Kunsthaus Zürich. He has participated at the Venice Biennale in 2003, 2009 and 2011 and dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012. Ondák lives and works in Bratislava.

With support from the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

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