Premieres “A Separation of Sand and Islands” at 12th Gwangju Biennale
The work participates in an exhibition “Facing Phantom Borders” curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong.
This section, which has a theme of “Facing Phantom Borders,” attempts to start a conversation with Beyond the Borders, the first Gwangju Biennale. In 1995, the Gwangju Biennale took a positive stance toward a mobility increased by globalization in dreams of a utopian future. Meanwhile, as the entire world faces severe problems with borders, the time has come for the 2018 Gwangju Biennale to reconsider the concepts of borders, social control, alienation, tolerance, humanitarianism, and national security. To reflect on the issues of migration from a multifaceted perspective and to reconsider the meaning of borders and migration in a contemporary sense, this section takes a close look at archives, oral history, and other cultural texts along with the artists who have been working on the themes such as regional instability, nationalism, and deterritorialization. In addition, by introducing personal narratives as opposed to grand narratives on borders, migration, and territories in the Western-centeric worldview, it will prompt visitors to recognize the complexities of history in Asia.
The opening ceremony on the Thu 6 September 2018, follow with an international symposium on the 7 and 8 September.
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