10,000 Lives: The Eighth Gwangju Biennale

Taken from the press release:

“134 artists from 30 different countries are all a part of this year’s Gwangju Biennale. The exhibitions title is borrowed from Manibo (Ten Thousand Lives), the 30-volume epic poem by Korean author Ko Un. Originally conceived during the two years Ko Un spent in solitary confinement as punishment for his participation in the 1980 South Korean Democracy Movement. Manibo is a collection of over 4,000 poetic portraits chronicling every person Ko Un has ever met…

Like Ten Thousand Lives, the exhibition can be likened to a gallery of portraits. The exhibition explores the lives and histories that images contain and engages with the increasingly complex lives of images themselves. In a world now inundated with a seemingly endless stream of photographs and digital phantasms, where a picture can be transformed into an icon overnight, the exhibition attempts to understand how images have been transformed through recent social and technological upheavals.”


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