Exhibition Tour in English

• Sat 15 08 2020 / 4 – 5 pm •
Gwangju Lessons


Gwangju Lessons in an exhibition curated by Binna Choi and realized in close collaboration with artist Christian Nyampeta, both of whom during their engagement with the 2016 Gwangju Biennale encountered the history of the People’s Art School as part of the 5·18 Archives in Gwangju, South Korea. Gwangju Lessons rematerializes and re-mediates the People’s Art School and the archive as a way to remember and (un)learn from the 18 May Democratic Uprising and as resources for the political struggles of today across geographies. At the core of the exhibition is Scenes from the Revolution, composed of the drawings from the People’s Art School participants as redrawn and carved by Nyampeta. Visitors to the exhibition can print these images and disseminate them anew, thus creating a ‘monument in action’ together.

Binna Choi will conduct a guided tour through Academyspace and, using the individual elements of the show, will discuss a few pertinent issues, such as, how remembering the Gwangju uprising outside South Korea can be addressed, what lessons can be derived from approaches to artistic self-organization and how does the past resonate in the contemporary. What can we learn for the present time from the resistance that took place in Gwangju 40 years ago?

Due to the current situation we would like to ask you to register obligatorily for the event at produktion@adkdw.org or 0221-3377480.

Language: English
Free Admission
Venue: Academyspace, Herwarthstr. 3, 50672 Cologne

We look forward to welcoming you soon as a visitor to the exhibition Gwangju Lessons. Please note that, for your, our and other visitors' security, the compliance with the general rules of hygiene and in perticular the use of a mask covering mouth and nose are mandatory during a visit. If you have any questions, please contact us at +49 (0)221 337748 92.
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Gwangju Lessons is funded by Kunststiftung NRW.

The exhibition is part of MaytoDay, a special exhibition program hosted by the Gwangju Metropolitan City, the Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Asia Culture Center and Asian Culture Institute to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the May 18 Gwangju Democratization Movement. MaytoDay is a collaboration between Gwangju Biennale Foundation, 5·18 Archives, May 18 Memorial Foundation, Akademie der Künste der Welt (Cologne), Art Sonje Center (Seoul) and Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taipei).