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Exhibition Review

KOREA

The Kwangju Biennale

Unmapping the enmapped

Robert J. Fouser

XU BING, Classroom Calligraphy, 1995-97, installation, dimensions variable.


Under the title of 'Unmapping the Earth', the organisers of the main exhibition of the 1997 Kwangju Biennale (1 September - 27 November 1997) tried to achieve, as the press release puts it, 'a break from the past of discrimination and exclusivity towards a future where paths are open to all people in all places'. The biennale's goal of breaking down western hegemony in contemporary art reflects the history of struggle against political…

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