A Curatorial Perspective on ROUNDTABLE: The 9th Gwangju Biennale
The Gwangju Biennale, one of the oldest and most prestigious of the "new" biennales founded in the mid-1990s, brought together six curators from across Asia to direct its ninth edition this year. Nancy Adajania, one of its artistic directors, will analyze the Gwangju Biennale as an institution in the context of a biennale history that includes São Paulo, Triennale India and the Havana Biennale. She will reflect on the cultural and political debates informing the 9th Gwangju Biennale and her own contribution to it in the form of the sub-theme "Logging In and Out of Collectivity" manifested as a conference (Workstation 1, Gwangju and Seoul) and an exhibition. She will also reflect on the process of research and dialogue with the 14 artists whose works she included in the exhibition.
Nancy Adajania is a cultural theorist and Mumbai-based independent curator. She is co-artistic director of the 9th Gwangju Biennale. She has written and lectured extensively on the relationship between art and productive politics and transcultural art practices. She has proposed several new theoretical models and her essays have appeared in numerous books and anthologies.
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This event falls under The AsiaLens series, which brings together voices from across Asia as they express themselves through the visual and performing arts, presenting a vibrant and nuanced view of modern Asia. Previous events under this series include a discussion on art and feminism, a contemporary dance performance by KENTARO!! and performances by Shankar Tucker, D'Lo and Akram Khan.
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