Birgit Jürgenssen

Burning down the House

Gwangju Biennale 2014

Burning down the House

The 10th Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down the House explores the process of burning and trans­formation, a cycle of obli­teration and renewal witnessed throughout history. Evident in aesthe­tics, historical events, and an incre­asingly rapid course of redun­dancy and renewal in commercial culture, the Biennale reflects on this process of, often violent, events of destruction or self-destruction—bur­ning the home one occupies—fol­lowed by the promise of the new and the hope for change. The theme highlights the capacity of art to critique the estab­lishment through an explo­ration that includes the visual, sound, movement and dramatic performance. At the same time, it recog­nises the possibility and impossibility within art to deal directly and concretely with politics.

Curator: Jessica Morgan