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Vital Encounters

In East Asia, the September season arrives with a gauntlet of festivals. Mega-exhibitions in Gwangju, Fukuoka, Seoul, Busan, Taipei and Shanghai are all on the docket-not to mention the Yokohama Triennale, which is already up and running. In these days of biennial excess (not to mention the regular surfeit of art fairs, exhibitions openings and auctions), it is worth remembering that many of these international exhibitions were born of a genuine desire to address issues of importance in the cities that host them. Events such as Documenta, the Gwangju Biennale and Prospect New Orleans…

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