SubjectMinds Rising, Spirits Tuning: Gwangju Biennale 2020

Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning 

The 13th Gwangju Biennale 

Artistic Directors: Defne Ayas and Natasha Ginwala

September 4–November 29, 2020

Opening Date: 

September 4, 2020 


Upcoming Public Program:

January 7, 2020


Following the first collective site visit with a select group of participating artists and the first successful public event with talks and performances in Gwangju in October 2019, the Artistic Directors of the 2020 Gwangju Biennale Defne Ayas and Natasha Ginwala, together with their team, continue to open dialogues that usually remain internal to the Biennale’s production. Inviting artists and local interlocutors to exchange their research, the second public program takes place at Perpetual Spring Pavilion in MMCA Seoul on January 7, 2020, 4–6pm. This program builds on the previous collective research trip, with site visits to 5.18 Archives, Gwangju Theater, Shamanism Museum, and Baekyangsa Temple, among other venues that help the artists to anchor their research questions in Korea.  


Held in conjunction with the participating artists’ second research trip to Gwangju, the public program encourages artists and cultural practitioners to explore aspects of intelligence. The program brings together Ana María Millán and Jinjoo Kim to discuss relations between digital cultures, feminism and performativity; Femke Herregraven points to data models of cat bonds and how they testify of ecological catastrophes and the prospect role of female voice in all of this; and Ad Minoliti introduces the Feminist School of Painting and how to use pictorial genre to discuss painting, gender, and race. Korakrit Arunanondchai shares his long-term obsession on Ghosts, specifically their historical relationship to monks and their use of cinema; Sahej Rahal investigates world-building practices through fiction; Cian Dayrit and Timoteus A Kusno address what is deemed ‘lost’ and the coloniality of power. Last but not least, Moon Kyungwon and GB2020 curatorial team member Joowon Park converse on platforms of collective intelligence and urban history through sentient forms. Artist Lee Gap-chul also joins the collective research trip, and Sissel Tolaas organizes a smell lab workshop with children in Gwangju on January 11, 2020.


The program is open to the public with registration. Please RSVP to or through the official Gwangju Biennale website. (


Artistic Directors: Defne Ayas and Natasha Ginwala

Associate / Assistant Curators: Joowon Park / Michelangelo Corsaro and Krisztina Hunya

Research and Programming Associate: Özge Ersoy

Producers: Charles Gohy and Davide Quadrio

Exhibition Architect: Diogo Passarinho

Graphic Identity: WORKS and Studio Remco van Bladel

Editorial Team: Young-Jun Tak and Jill Winder


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