Dovetailing with my own research this talk and panel discussion at Tate Modern saw five significant international artists talk about the relevance and personal importance of biennials for their work, sharing a connection as past or future participants of the Gwangju Biennale. Hans Haacke, Do Ho Suh, Sheela Gowda, Camille Henrot and Roman Ondák discuss the pivotal works they have contributed to recent biennials. The panel was chaired by Jessica Morgan, Artistic Director of the 10th Gwangju Biennale, and The Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art at Tate Modern.
Haacke was born Cologne, Germany 1936 he has in New York since early 1960s. He has taught at School of Art of Cooper Union, New York, from 1967 to 2002. Solo exhibitions include Tate Gallery, London, 1984; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1986; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1989; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and Akademie der Künste, Berlin,2006; MuseoNacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2012. Works included in four dOCUMENTA and the Biennials of Tokyo, Sydney, Saõ Paulo, Venice, Johannesburg, Gwangju, Sharjah,as well as Whitney Biennial. Hans Haacke shared the Golden Lion award with Nam June Paik for best pavilion of 1993 Venice Biennial.
Camille Henrot’s work has been exhibited at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Sculpture Center in New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art in London; the Centre Pompidou in Paris; the Museum of Modern Art in Paris; the New Orleans Museum of Art; and the Palais de Tokyo. In 2010 she was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp. In 2013 she was the recipient of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in Washington DC where she produced the video Grosse Fatigue which won the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale. She has upcoming solo exhibitions at the New Museum, New York, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark, and is nominated for the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize.
Do Ho Suh
Do Ho Suh is an internationally renowned Korean artist whose site-specific installations and meticulously crafted sculptures question boundaries of identity and conventional notions of scale and space in both its physical and metaphorical manifestation. His thought-provoking works have been represented in many of the world’s leading museums, including Tate Modern.
Ondák was born in Zilina, Slovakia. His recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Kunsthaus Zürich. He participated at the Venice Biennale in 2003, 2009 and 2011 and dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012. Ondák lives and works in Bratislava.
Gowda was born in 1957, Bhadravati, India, she lives and works in Bangalore. Solo exhibitions include SheelaGowda: Open Eye Policy, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands 2013; Traveled to Lundskonsthall, Lund, Sweden; Centre international d’art et du paysage, Île de Vassivière, France, 2014; Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2014. Institute of International Visual Arts, London, 2011; National Art School Gallery, Sydney, 2010; Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo, 2010. Gowda has taken part in the following selected group exhibitions 2013:Textiles: Open Letter, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany; 2012: Busan Biennial: Garden of Learning; Artes Mundi 5, National Museum of Art, Cardiff; Kochi-Muziris Biennial, India. 2011: Singapore Biennial,2009: 53rd Venice Biennale; 9thSharjah Biennial, UAE; 2007: Documenta 12, Kassel.
With support from the Gwangju Biennale Foundation
Image: Roman Ondák, Loop, Venice Biennale 2009