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The 13th Gwangju Biennale Pavilion Project – Double Echoing

Titled “Double Echoing,” this exhibition revolves around the history of Taiwan and South Korea, both of which had suffered the cruelty of war, colonization, diaspora and repressive rule from late 19th century. The two East Asian democratic countries have highly similar fates like twins in modern history.  In addition, the alignment with Western Bloc and the democratization process after the Second World War and the Korean War of the two countries were almost the same, like echoes or mirror images, reflecting the history of each other.

At the C-LAB’s invitation, a total of 14 artists in individual or group form critically review their life experiences from their sui generis perspectives, thereby guiding the viewers to reinterpret and explicate the social boundaries drawn by body politics and collective consciousness.

Human rights, the White Terror, and transitional justice have long been of great concern to the C-LAB and the National Human Rights Museum, closely conforming to the philosophy of the Gwangju Biennale, namely the pursuit of universal human rights. By means of cross-institutional collaboration, the C-LAB re-commissioned 4 pieces of works from the Green Island Human Rights Art Festival for the exhibition,  demonstrating the promotion of the shared values in both countries.

On the 40th anniversary of the Gwangju Uprising, we intend not only to heal the historical wounds with art, but also to examine the legacies of the Second World War and the Cold War, mustering the power of advocacy to give voice to previously suppressed narratives. Let us assemble the courage to retrospect to the past of each other, in which our true selves are mirrored and our future envisioned, endowing ourselves with true freedom.

Date | 2021/02/26 -2021/05/09

Venue | Gwangju Asia Culture Center Creation Space 5, Korea

Curator |  Wu Dar-Kuen

Artists | 

Wang Ding-Yeh
Lin Yi-Chi
Chang Li-Ren & Cheng Yuan & Rui Lan-Xin
Yeondoo Jung (KR)
Val Lee
Hsu Chia-Wei
Teng Chao-Ming
The Libera Work-Gang (Lin Chung-Kai, Lin Tzu-Ning, Lee Jia-Hung, Hsin Pei-Yi, Hung Wei-Ling)

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Supervisor|Ministry of Culture, Gwangju City
Organizer|Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-LAB)
Host |Gwangju Biennale
Co-Organizer|National Human Rights Museum, Taipei Performing Arts Center