The Yangnim mountain area is symbolic of a layering of histories, from Japanese colonisation and the anticolonial resistance, to Christian evangelisation across the Korean peninsula and the geo-political / militaristic influence of the United States. These histories can be traced through the well-preserved examples of traditional Korean architecture, the cave tunnels dug as bomb shelters during colonial times, and the memorialisation of missionaries. The Gwangju Biennale will be situated in the premises of a community art space called Horanggasy Artpolygon, located on this sacred mountain previously used as a site for sky burials and currently the base of a Christian cemetery. New commissions by Korakrit Arunanondchai and Sissel Tolaas will be on view, alongside recent works by Patricia Domínguez, Sahej Rahal, and Sangdon Kim, invoking pluralistic mythologies, sentient memories from the 4.3 Jeju uprising and techno-animistic kin.
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