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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Call for Applications: The 4th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course

Since its inception in 2009, the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course has been aknowledged as  platform for open discussions on curatorial practices and theoretical discourses of contemporary art and the biennales’ strategic and aesthetic approaches.

In 2012, the 4th edition will present "Biennale as Social Media" as its principal subject. Recurring to workshops, discussions, lectures by the visiting professor and group study, participants will be given an understanding of what is or what can be considered a biennale in today's art world.
Visits to museums, galleries, and artists’ studios in Gwangju and Seoul will also be scheduled.

Special lectures will be led by the 9th Gwangju Biennale Co-Artistic Directors and the 5th Gwangju Design Biennale Artistic Director. Several renowned professionals will be invited as guest lecturers to discuss their vast experience in the field.

The number of biennales has multiplied since the 1990s  and although some are regarded as a reference by artists and galleries, others have emerged that may be considered as no more than blockbusters.
How the role of a biennale as a catalyst of emerging artists or the affirmation of seasoned ones, or its role as an incubator for experimental art practices and freedom of expression has evolved during these years, as well as it comunicates with the public as a form of cultural practice, are some of the topics on which lecturers and participants will focus.

Course participants will take part in the preparation of the 2012 Gwangju Biennale under the supervision of the Biennale’s co-artistic directors. The participants are asked to make a group presentation during the final week.

This course is designed to provide young curators with opportunities to receive in-depth training. Thus the age restriction has been set to 35 and under. The Gwangju Biennale will grant tuition and accommodations to all of the selected participants for the entire course in Gwangju, South Korea. Participants will be responsible for their round-trip airfares to and from Gwangju and living expenses during their stay.
The entire course will be conducted in English and will take place between August 13 and September 8, 2012.

- Application submission period: April 24 – May 15, 2012

- Application requirements

1. All documents should be written in English.

2. Application must include:
  -Application form (available for download at the bottom of notice)
  -CV (Curriculum Vitae)
  -Motivational statement explaining the applicant’s interests and the purpose for applying(1,000 words max.)
 -Supporting materials: One or two copies of the most relevant published materials for curatorial/ exhibition related projects that the applicant participated in.

3. Submitted documents and/or materials will not be returned.

- Submission process: Send by email (

- Notification: Successful candidates will be contacted around mid-June, 2012

The 4th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course is hosted by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation & Gwangju Metropolitan City.

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