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Reprieve and rhetoric

The 2002 Gwangju Biennale

by Joan Kee

SURASI KUSOLWONG, Relaxing Machine (VWlI), 2001, installation with car chassis, chairs, and television set.

Smaller than biennales of years past, with only four core exhibitions and a greatly reduced budget (although still enormous with over 300 artists from various countries around the world), the fourth Gwangju Biennale in 2002 had several characteristics which distinguished it from its blander siblings. Perhaps the three most noteworthy aspects of the 2002 biennale were the dissolution of the conventional curatorial frame, the interrogation of…

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