The Gwangju Biennial 2012
Exhibition Dates: 2012.09.09 – 11.11
The Gwangju Biennale Foundation is pleased to announce ‘ROUNDTABLE’ as the theme of the 9th Gwangju Biennale (September 7–November 11, 2012). The team of six co-artistic directors appointed to organize the upcoming biennale have chosen ‘ROUNDTABLE’ as a theme to explore the possibility of democratic and non-hierarchical exchange concerning global cultural production, through various forms of collective endeavour, research into historic entanglements among societies, and the exploration of diverse contexts of belonging.
In a statement, the co-artistic directors have said, ‘ROUNDTABLE’ allows us to reflect on our shared contemporaneity at a time when the tremendous momentum of ecological, political and economic change has radically transformed our global reality. This theme was derived initially from our working method of being geographically distant but brought together through different media of communication. No one sits at the head of the round table, no linear narrative drives its deliberations, and it becomes the seed-bed for the future. The image of the round table is associated with the political summit, where various urgent agendas are brought together and its participants convene to reach a renewal of understanding. It could also evoke the traditional Korean image of the round table, the duriban, around which people eat communally.
The work of Li Ran was exhibited in the Gwangju Biennial 2012:
color & sound HD video, 23’09”
installation, variable size