The Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall has served as the primary location of the Gwangju Biennale since its inception in 1995. Opening its gates for the first time fifteen years after the violent repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, it commemorates the spirits of the uprising and addresses their significance in light of contemporary and historical civic struggles that connect Gwangju, South Korea, and Asia with the rest of the world. The largest of the exhibition venues brings together over fifty artists and thinkers and organizes each of its five large-scale galleries as a meta-score: Gallery 1 – Rising Together, Gallery 2 – Kinship of Mountains, Fields and River, Gallery 3 – Bodies in Desire, Beyond the Disciplinary Fold, Gallery 4 – Matters of Mutation, and Gallery 5 – Matriarchy in Motion. The works on view conjure sensorial entryways into the present while inviting audiences to experience commemorative aesthetics, indigenous life worlds, legacies of militarism, and strategies of survival devised by matrilineal collectivities and queer cultures, laying bare the groundwork of collective intelligence in a networked society.
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