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THE POINT

Orientalness:
Rethinking Art Along the East-West Axis

The 2004 Gwangju Biennale

BY IRIS MOON

The divisions between the east and west maybe growing for political scientists and theoreticians, but according to the 23 critics, scholars and curators at the "Rethinking of Orientalness in Visual Art" symposium, a simple geographical bifurcation doesn't hold water when examining the cultural and artistic complexities shared by the two regions. "When political science conveniently uses the designation 'Asia', all of the complexities and problems of the region's cultural values get overlooked." said Kim Woo-yong, general artistic director of the 2004

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