(Busan, South Korea)
The debate concerning immigration issues, walls and displacements is without any doubt an international challenge. Into this context, the 9th Busan’s Biennale, in South Korea, promotes the theme “Divided We Stand”, discussing how the division of territories is shown through art from around the world. At the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan and the former Bank of Korea, the exhibit is divided into two sections. In the newly opened museum, the Biennale explores the Cold War and its supposed return to the present, while the oldest building receives dystopia narratives from science fiction and its lens with 65 artists and collectives from 34 countries.
The fair tries to reckon the displacement issue – caused by numeral and divergent reasons – through the psyche perspective: how people deal with nations, territories and their ruptures into their deepest sentiments? And, primarily, what behaviours induce people to split lands? Not coincidently, South Korea is an example of a separated country. However, the Biennale receives artists from different countries to debate broad themes associated with the main one, such as sectors “Together by state-control; mass culture and intellectual conditioning; anxiety about national identities; monuments/statues as traces of ideology and propaganda; racism, sexism and classism in the context of nationalism and colonialism; climate change and ecological disasters; or depression and post-traumatic disorders as the outcome of battle and displacement”. Dora Longo Bahia, Laura Lima & Zé Carlos Garcia represent Brazil in Busan
38, Busan Asiad Stadium
344 Worldcup st. Yeonje-Gu, Busan 611-809 – South Korea
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