April 8, 2002 - Gwangju Biennale - Gwangju Biennale 2002
April 8, 2002

Gwangju Biennale 2002

Gwangju Biennale 2002
29 March – 29 June 2002


Image: Bert Theis, It’a hard work to be idle, 2002, installation.


Project 1 takes its title from the overall theme of PAUSE. Pause is an instruction – to linger, to think, to rest and maybe change direction. The exhibition unfolds over four of the Biennale Hall galleries, combining a new architectural vision with work from over 150 artists. Alternative and independent groups working in different cities across Asia and Europe form the backbone of Project 1. They have been invited because they reflect a new logic for contemporary artists to work together, responding to local situations and developing a sense of community and experiment in the cities they live. In modest ways, they embody developing strategies of resistance or rethinking to the overwhelming power of the globalising economic, political and cultural mainstream. Their presentations often ask you to pause, to think not only about the work shown but also the situation in which it was produced and the influence of urban experience on contemporary visual culture. Weaving in and aro! und these groups are a number of pavilions designed by artists and architects. They are literally places to rest and take time to discuss the environment around you. The works of individual artists are thrown into this mix as a third level of interpretation of the title. These works relate to time, long-term change, slowness and the social pace required for new models of living together. Sharp cuts and sudden discoveries mark out the experience of Project 1, a labyrinth of contemporary culture in which each visitor will need to get lost in order to discover a new way home.

Projects of the Gwangju Biennale 2002

Project 1
Title : Pause
Venue : Gwangju Biennale Hall Gallery 1-4
Curators : Wan-Kyung Sung (Artistic Director of the Gwangju Biennale 2002)
Charles Esche (Director, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden)
Hou Hanru (Artistic Director, Shanghai Biennale 2000)
Exhibition Space Designer : Yeong-jun Kim, Yong-ho Chang

Project 2

Venue : Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gallery 5
Curator : Yong Soon Min (Professor of Studio Art, University of California, Irvine, U.S.A)

Project 3
Title : Stay of Execution
Venue : Reconstructed MP Camp in May 18 Liberty Park
Curator : Wan-kyung Sung (Artistic Director of the Gwangju Biennale 2002)

Project 4
Title : Connection
Venue : Disused Railways in Gwangju city (About 750m region on St. Daenamro)
Curator : Guyon Chung (Professor of the Korean National University of Arts)

For full information please go to: www.gwangju -biennale.org/eng/index.asp

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