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Gwangju Biennale 10

Okin Collective, Operation-For Something Black and Hot, 2012. Video.

“Burning Down the House” explores the process of burning and transformation, a cycle of obliteration and renewal witnessed throughout history.

“Burning Down the House” explores the process of burning and transformation, a cycle of obliteration and renewal witnessed throughout history. The tenth edition of Biennial invited four artists from Turkey: Banu Cennetoğlu, Gülsün Karamustafa, Güneş Terkol, and Nil Yalter. The 10th Gwangju Biennale is curated by Jessica Morgan, Artistic Director of the Biennale and The Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art, Tate Modern. Fatos Ustek and Emiliano Valdes are Associate Curators for the Biennale.

SAHA provided support for the position of independent curator Fatoş Üstek as Associate Curator of the Gwangju Biennale held between 5 September–9 November 2014.

Selma Gürbüz (1995), Ayşe Erkmen (2000), Gülsün Karamustafa (2000), Bülent Şangar (2000), Hale Tenger (2000), Oda Projesi (2002), Halil Altındere (2002), Esra Ersen (2002), Bülent Şangar (2002), Ahmet Öktem (2004), Can Altay (2008) and xurban_collective (Güven İncirlioğlu & Hakan Topal, 2012) participated to Gwangju Biennale from Turkey between 1995–2012.

About Gwangju Biennale

As a city of art and culture, Gwangju and Gwangju biennale Foundation host Gwangju Biennale established in 1995. Gwangju Biennale, founded in memory of the spirit of the 1980 civil uprising against the repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, is Asia's oldest and most prestigious biennial of contemporary art.

Under the helm of previous curators which include Kerry Brougher, Sukwon Chang, Okwui Enwezor, Charles Esche, Hou Hanru, Honghee Kim, Yongwoo Lee, Youngchul Lee, Kwangsoo Oh, Wankyoung Sung, Harald Szeemann, Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, MamiKataoka, Sunjung Kim, Carol Yinghua Lu, and Alia Swastika, Gwangju Biennale has established itself as one of the highlights of the international contemporary art biennale circuit.

Previous editions of the Gwangju Biennales went under the following titles: Beyond the Borders (1995), Unmapping the Earth (1997), Man and Space (2000), P_A_U_S_E (2002), A Grain of Dust A Drop of Water (2004), Fever Variations (2006), Annual Report : A year in Exhibitions(2008), 10000 Lives (2010), and Roundtable (2012).

About Fatoş Üstek

Fatoş Üstek is an independent curator and art critic from Turkey, currently based in London. She is a member of AICA TR; currently guest tutor at Vision Forum, Linkopings Universitet, Sweden; and a regular contributor to magazines, exhibition catalogues and publications. She is a core member of OuUnPo, leads La Durée with Per Huttner, I N F R A with Anna Gritz under the framework of Vision Forum. Üstek is editor of Unexpected Encounters: Situations of Contemporary Art and Architecture Since 2000 (Turkish only, 2011 & English Only, upcoming), author of Book of Confusions (2012), and acted as founder and editor of Nowiswere Contemporary Art Magazine (2008-2012, with Veronika Hauer).