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Breaking Hierarchies: Gwangju Biennale 2004

by Amanda Eunha Lovell

BARBARA EDELSTEIN and JIAN-JUN ZHANG, The Garden of Wishing Trees, 2004, proposal drawing and specification drawing for the Fifth Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea, September 2004. Courtesy of the artists.

In keeping with the historically revolutionary setting, korea's fifth gwangju biennale seeks to challenge and transcend the existing hierarchical structure of curator, artist and audience. Last January, sixty viewer participants - ranging from a variety of backgrounds, ages and countries - were invited to the Biennale's special symposium to discuss their hopes and desires for this…

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