12th Biennale(2018)

Participating Countries
: 43
: 165
관련 이미지
The 12th Gwangju Biennale Exhibition
Imagined Borders


Outline & Program

  • Title : Imagined Borders
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  • Period : Sep.7(Fri.)~Nov.11(Sun.)2018
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  • Hosts : Gwangju Biennale Foundation / Gwangju Metropolitan City 
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  • Venues : Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, Asia Culture Center, Select Locations in Gwangju Metropolitan City
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2018 Gwangju Biennale Exhibition

Main Exhibition

  • The 12th Gwangju Biennale will see 165 artists from 43 different countries participate in a series of seven exhibitions and the GB Commission exploring the political, cultural, physical and emotional concepts of borders in today’s global community. For this edition of the Gwangju Biennale, a collective of 11 curators from around the world will devise a program of thematic exhibitions, in addition to a monumental new program, the GB Commission and a series of Pavilion Projects taking place across the city of Gwangju. Multiple curators from the UK to LA, Singapore to Seoul have brought their diverse perspectives and expertise to the Biennale and collaborated on projects inspired by the concept of Imagined Borders. Based on their expertise in sociology, politics, migration and the refugee experience, the curators confirmed a list of 163 participating artists within seven thematic exhibitions and the GB Commission which will reflect contemporary society and amplify the level of diverse voices in the cultural community. Highlights of the presentation will include the Cuban artist collective Los Carpinteros, Belgian-born and Mexico-based artist Francis Alÿs, Kuwait and Pueto Rico-based curator and artist Alia Farid who devised the first Kuwait Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, and French artist based between Berlin and Algeria, Kader Attia, whose work explores the legacy of migration, colonialism and trade to interrogate the idea of a collective cultural memory. The increase in global visibility for Asian artists is represented through this expanded program of artists from across the continent; including Thailand-born filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival; Shilpa Gupta who explores Asian identity in his work; Ho Tzu Nyen whose Singapore Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale brought an immersive, panoramic view of pre-colonial Singapore to the Italian island; and Yoshimoto Nara, pioneer of Japanese pop art will participate in this year’s Gwangju Biennale. 

The GB Commission

  • The GB Commission seeks to explore the history of the city of Gwangju and the origin of the Gwangju Biennale, founded to sublimate the scars of the Gwangju Democratization Movement in 1980 into culture and arts. In the process, the Foundation hopes to deliver the Biennale’s ongoing values to audiences far beyond the city limits. Four participating artists, Adrián Villar Rojas, Mike Nelson, Kader Attia and Apichatpong Weerasethakul have been commissioned to develop new site specific works, exploring the historic sites throughout the city of Gwangju in which their work will be displayed.

The Pavilion Project

  • The 12th Gwangju Biennale will, for the first time, host a series of Pavilion Projects beginning with three leading international art institutions to connect the Gwangju region to a wider arts community. The Gwangju Civic Center, Mugaksa Temple, Leekangha Art Museum, and Alternative Space Hothouse will host projects from the Palais de Tokyo, Helsinki International Artist Program (HIAP), and Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN). The Pavilion Project will be a forum for exchange and promotion between countries to present emerging artists from their own countries alongside Korean artists.

권역별 작가 현황 : 총 43개국 165작가

- 주제전 : 42개국 163 작가

- GB커미션 : 4개국 4작가

※ 2018. 07 현재

권역별 작가 현황
권역별 Nationality가 및 Artist 국가별 Artist 수
South Korea(43), North Korea(32), Thailand(5), China(5), Singapore(5), Japan(6), 대만(1), Vietnam(3), India(4), Hong Kong(2), Malaysia(1), Bangladesh(2), Indonesia(1), Cambodia(2), Philippines(2), Myanmar(1)
유럽 (16) France(5), Russia(2), UK(2), Poland(2), Netherlands(1), Belgium(1), Italy(1), Portugal(1), Denmark(1)
중동 (9) Lebanon(1), Kuwait(2), Saudi Arabia(1), Iraq(1), Turkey(4)
아프리카 (5) Mozambique(1), Ethiopia(1), Angola(1), Egypt(2)
북아메리카 (12) USA(11), Canada(1)
남아메리카 (12) Cuba(6), Brazil(3), Mexico(1), Venezuela(1), Argentina(1)
오세아니아 (7) Australia(4), New Zealand(3)


자세히 보기
  • 상상된국가들 / 모던 유토피아 (Imagined Nations/Modern Utopias)
  • Curator : 클라라 킴 (Clara Kim)
  • 전시장소 : 광주비엔날레 전시관 1,2관
  • 주 소 : 광주광역시 북구 비엔날레로 111 (우)61104


자세히 보기
  • 경계라는 환영을 마주하며 (Facing Phantom Borders)
  • Curator : 그리티야 가위웡 (Gridthiya Gaweewong)
  • 전시장소 : 광주비엔날레 전시관 2, 3관
  • 주 소 : 광주광역시 북구 비엔날레로 111 (우)61104


자세히 보기
  • 예술과 글로벌 포스트인터넷 조건 (The Ends: The Politics of Participation in the Post-Internet Age)
  • Curator : 크리스틴 Y. 김, 리타 곤잘레스 (Christine Y. Kim, Rita Gonzalez)
  • 전시장소 : 광주비엔날레 전시관 4관
  • 주 소 : 광주광역시 북구 비엔날레로 111 (우)61104


자세히 보기
  • 단층선: 충돌하는 경계들 (Whose Fault Line Is It?)
  • Curator : 정연심, 이완 쿤 (Yeon Shim Chung, Yeewan Koon)
  • 전시장소 : 국립아시아문화전당 문화창조원 3, 4관, 민주평화교류원 3관(구 도청 회의실), 전일빌딩 외벽
  • 주 소 : 광주광역시 동구 문화전당로 38 (우)61485 / 광주광역시 동구 금남로 245 (우)61475


자세히 보기
  • 귀환 (Returns)
  • Curator : 데이비드 테 (David Teh)
  • 전시장소 : 광주비엔날레 전시관 5관
  • 주 소 : 광주광역시 북구 비엔날레로 111 (우)61104


자세히 보기
  • 생존의 기술 : 집결하기, 지속하기, 변화하기 (The Art of Survival: Assembly, Sustainability, Shift)
  • Curator : 김만석(Man Seok Kim), 김성우(Sung woo Kim), 백종옥(Chong-Ok Paek)
  • 전시장소 : 국립아시아문화전당 문화창조원 2, 5관, 전일빌딩 외벽
  • 주 소 : 광주광역시 동구 문화전당로 38 (우)61485 / 광주광역시 동구 금남로 245 (우)61475


자세히 보기
  • North Korea미술: 사실주의의 패러독스 (North Korean Art: Paradoxical Realism)
  • Curator : 문범강 (B.G. Muhn)
  • 전시장소 : 국립아시아문화전당 문화창조원 6관
  • 주 소 : 광주광역시 동구 문화전당로 38 (우)61485


자세히 보기
  • 광주의 역사성 반영 장소특정적 신작 프로젝트
  • Artist : 카데르 아티아
  • 전시장소 : 광주비엔날레 전시관 2관
  • 주 소 : 광주광역시 북구 비엔날레로 111 (우)61104


자세히 보기
  • 광주의 역사성 반영 장소특정적 신작 프로젝트
  • Artist : 아드리안 비샤흐 로하스
  • 전시장소 : 국립아시아문화전당 문화창조원 1관
  • 주 소 : 광주광역시 동구 문화전당로 38 (우)61485


자세히 보기
  • 광주의 역사성 반영 장소특정적 신작 프로젝트
  • Artist : 마이크 넬슨, 아피찻퐁 위라세타쿤
  • 전시장소 : 구) 국군광주병원
  • 주 소 : 광주광역시 서구 상무대로 1028번지 (우)61985


자세히 보기
  • 해외 유수 미술기관 참여 위성프로젝트
  • Artist : 헬싱키 국제 아티스트 프로그램 - HIAP
  • 전시장소 : 무각사
  • 주 소 : 광주광역시 서구 운천로 230 (우)61965


자세히 보기
  • 해외 유수 미술기관 참여 위성프로젝트
  • Curator : 팔레 드 도쿄
  • 전시장소 : 광주시민회관
  • 주 소 : 광주광역시 남구 중앙로107번길 15 (우)61636


자세히 보기
  • 해외 유수 미술기관 참여 위성프로젝트
  • Curator : Philippines 컨템포러리 아트 네트워크(PCAN)
  • 전시장소 : 이강하 미술관, 핫하우스
  • 주 소 : 광주광역시 남구 3.1만세운동길 6 (우)61663 / 광주광역시 북구 자미로 66번길 42(중흥동 321-10) (우)61216

The point of the exhibition

1) A platform for creating critical discourses on visual culture and knowledge that cross and blur tangible and intangible borders

  • The acceleration of globalization and technological innovation has been shaping new borders that are different from existing ones. It has been producing a considerable intensification of deterritorialization in terms of business, economy, identity, religion, security, environment, and power, resulting in psychological, emotional, and generational conflicts, and creating even more complex borders that go beyond geopolitical boundaries.
  • Humans who are capable of imagining often create their own borders, dreaming of a better world or a utopia. Because utopia is a “place that cannot be,” it is bound to always fail amid devastation with the traces of the past. We attempt to find alternative ways of thinking to reveal the spaces hidden between these borders in response to global capitalism.
  • In particular, when there is a growing necessity to reconsider the complexities of borders in a move away from the simple dichotomy of the past, we intend to articulate the latest issues and challenges that humanity faces, as well as reflect on the past and the present. We also aim to provide a platform for creating critical discourses on visual culture and knowledge that cross and blur both tangible and intangible borders.

2) A collective curating system

  • A team of curators organized the exhibition, which is titled, Imagined Borders, and can be divided into seven sections with different subthemes.
  • The team consists of renowned curators and scholars from all over the world. They all have been exploring the world’s social, political, and historical phenomenas, migration, and refuge crises by actively curating exhibitions or publishing books.
  • By adopting a collective curating system instead of appointing a single art director as in the previous years, we intend to ensure that multiple voices and perspectives are included in this exhibition, which reflects on the past and the present of humanity and creates discourses on what values should be pursued in the future.
  • To bring innovative ideas to the Gwangju Biennale, which has been making a paradigm shift in Asia since its foundation in 1995, we have adopted a collective curating system that will ensure that the Gwangju Biennale will remain at the forefront of the exploration of the diversity of contemporary art and culture.

3) A focus on the history and spatiality of Gwangju

  • We attempt to shed new light on the “May 18 Democratic Uprising” by discovering the historic sites in Gwangju with a legacy of democracy, human rights, and peace, and turning them into exhibition spaces.
  • Considering the symbolic significance of the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall in Yongbong-dong, which is an important contributor in the domestic and international art scene, we will continue to use it as a major exhibition venue along with the Asia Culture Center.

4) Engages with the public through community programs

  • We conduct GB Monthly Gatherings. We also engage local residents and scholars in multidisciplinary programs that blur the boundaries among visual arts, philosophy, politics, history, and science. These programs include a monthly studio visit series called “GB Artist Studio Visits” and a public lecture series called “GB Talks.”
  • By organizing various programs, such as an educational program for teenagers, a contemporary art school on tour, and a community program, we offer a “place of meeting and interaction” for invited artists, curators, emerging local artists, local residents, students, the underprivileged, the marginalized, immigrants, and teenagers who do not go to school. In doing so, we aim to achieve a flexible and healthy relationship between regionality and transregionality.

Imagined Nations / Modern Utopias

Curator : Clara Kim
Exhibition Contents :

Proceeding from the position that the present is informed by the past, Clara Kim will investigate the intersection between modernism, architecture and nation-building in the mid-20th century across different geographies and contexts that explores the desire to find a place in the world and the fate of modern utopian dreams.

Artist :
Name Nationality
1 Pio Abad Philippines
2 Leonor Antunes Portugal
3 Alexander Apostol Venezuela
4 Alexandre Arrechea Cuba
5 Marwa Arsanios USA
6 Yto Barrada France
7 Louidgi Beltrame France
8 Los Carpinteros Cuba
9 Shezad Dawood UK
10 Alia Farid Kuwait
11 Ângela Ferreira Mozambique
12 Carlos Garaicoa Cuba
13 Tanya Goel India
14 Terence Gower Canada
15 Kiluanji Kia Henda Angola
16 Lais Myrrha Brazil
17 Damián Ortega Mexico
18 Ram Rahman India
19 Marwan Rechamoui Lebanon
20 Mauro Restiffe Brazil
21 Lawrence Sumulong USA
22 Seo Hyun-Suk South Korea
23 Amie Siegel USA
24 Maria Taniguchi Philippines
25 Clarissa Tossin Brazil
26 Ala Younis Kuwait

Facing Phantom Borders

Curator : Gridthiya Gaweewong
Exhibition Contents :

This section, which has a theme of “Facing Phantom Borders,” attempts to start a conversation with Beyond the Borders, the first Gwangju Biennale. In 1995, the Gwangju Biennale took a positive stance toward a mobility increased by globalization in dreams of a utopian future. Meanwhile, as the entire world faces severe problems with borders, the time has come for the 2018 Gwangju Biennale to reconsider the concepts of borders, social control, alienation, tolerance, humanitarianism, and national security. To reflect on the issues of migration from a multifaceted perspective and to reconsider the meaning of borders and migration in a contemporary sense, this section takes a close look at archives, oral history, and other cultural texts along with the artists who have been working on the themes such as regional instability, nationalism, and deterritorialization. In addition, by introducing personal narratives as opposed to grand narratives on borders, migration, and territories in the Western-centeric worldview, it will prompt visitors to recognize the complexities of history in Asia.

Artist :
Name Nationality
1 Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand
3 Ho Tzu Nyen Singapore
4 Rushdi Anwar Kurdistan-Iraq/Australia
5 Sawangwongse Yawnghwe Myanmar/Canada
6 Shilpa Gupta India
7 Jun Yang + Michikazu Matsune China/Japan/Austria
8 Dinh Q. Lê Vietnam/USA
9 Studio Revolt USA/Cambodia/Japan
10 Chia-Wei Hsu Taiwan
11 Sutthirat Supaparinya Thailand
12 I-na Phuyuthanon Thailand
13 Chris Chong Chan Fui Malaysia
14 Kader Attia France
15 Nipan Oranniwesna Thailand
16 Tom Nicholson with Grace Samboh Australia
17 Agnieszka Kalinowska Poland
18 Rafal Milach Poland
19 Piyarat Piyapongwiwat Thailand
20 Munem Wasif Bangladesh
21 Didem Özbek Turkey
22 Superflex Denmark
23 Pinar Öğrenci Turkey
24 Halil Altindere Turkey
25 Svay Sareth Cambodia
26 Tiffany Chung Vietnam/USA

The Ends: The Politics of Participation in the Post-Internet Age

Christine Y. Kim, Rita Gonzalez
Exhibition Contents :

By focusing on Post-Internet art, this section examines the politics of participation and power, the digital divide, and analyses of worlds with a perpetually threatened access to the Internet or without an Internet access under our current and evolving post-Internet conditions. Along with numerous artists, theorists, writers, and activists, it reflects on Internet access, the unauthorized use of information, hacking, surveillance, and Zach Blas’ “contra-Internet aesthetics.” In line with that, it also gives an insight on virtual money and its ecological consequences, alternative digital platforms, and the potential extinction of the Internet by looking at a variety of artworks in different forms including sculptures, videos, art installations, and performances. The 20th-century Cold War narrative repeats itself by amplifying the political tensions between the United States, Russia, South Korea, and North Korea with this so-called “cybersteroids,” which make Gwangju an even more perfect place for taking the discussion further in 2018.

Artist :
Name Nationality
1 Ho Rui An Singapore
2 Lara Baladi Lebanon/Egypt
3 Zach Blas USA/UK
4 Shu Lea Cheang Taiwan/France
5 Simon Denny New Zealand/Germany
6 Sunwoo Hoon South Korea
7 Stanya Kahn USA
8 Ayoung Kim South Korea
9 Kim Heecheon South Korea
10 Trevor Paglen USA
11 Mark Lotfy Egypt
12 Kirill Savchenkov Russia
13 Martine Syms USA
14 Julia Weist and Nestor Siré USA/Cuba
15 Miao Ying China


Curator : Yeon Shim Chung, Yeewan Koon
Exhibition Contents :

Borrowing the geological concept of “fault,” a crack in the Earth’s crust where rocks on either side of the crack have slid past each other as a result of plate tectonic forces, this section takes a multifaceted approach to contemporary problems that have been causing social, political, and psychological wounds by worsening old cracks or creating new ones. It aims to address the burden on future generations, namely, the symptom of social cleavages, while questioning whether we are heading for an apocalypse in the Anthropocene age, a new epoch defined by humanity’s impact on the Earth’s ecosystem. The artists with different backgrounds will give answers to the problems that humanity faces based on their experiences. Focusing mainly on three aspects, namely, body, environment, and surface, the artworks featured in this section can be viewed as a collective inquiry on Beyond the Borders (1995), the first Gwangju Biennale. Taking a step away from imagining a utopian world without borders, this section will discuss the survival of humanity in depth, in a world where nothing is predictable.

Artist :
Name Nationality
1 Tara Donovan USA
2 Francis Alÿs Belgium
3 Byron Kim USA
4 Hyangro Yoon South Korea
5 Shilpa Gupta India
6 Hasan Elahi Bangladesh
7 Sarah Abu Abdallah Saudi Arabia
8 Aernout Mik Netherlands
9 Shitamichi Motoyuki Japan
10 Minjung Kim South Korea
11 Kcho Cuba
12 Nina Chanel Abney USA
13 Paolo Cirio Italy
14 Inci Eviner Turkey
15 Luke Ching Hong Kong
16 Yoan Capote Cuba
17 Ezra Wube Ethiopia
18 Chen Wei China
19 Yoshitomo Nara Japan
20 Simon Leung Hong Kong
21 Xiyadie China
22 Seungwoo Back South Korea
23 Joongho Yum South Korea
24 John Pule New Zealand


Curator : David Teh
Exhibition Contents :

With 23 years of history, the Gwangju Biennale has become a pioneering exhibition platform in Asia. This section neither reminisces nor summarizes the history of the Gwangju Biennale, which is celebrating its 12th edition. Instead, it aims to selectively reenact some important moments in Gwangju Biennale’s history from a contemporary point of view by inviting a number of artists, curators, and scholars as “tour guides” who can tell us about those moments. They will be asked to choose artworks, events, or projects from past editions that are the most closely linked to their latest projects. The selected works from past editions will return to the present in different modes of representation/reenactment. This section does not attempt to fossilize the past in an archive but instead aims to make sense of the present by blowing life into an archive (or to let the past linger around the present).

Artist :
Name Nationality
1 Tom Nicholson Australia
2 Agatha Gothe-Snape Australia
3 Wrong Solo (Agatha Gothe-Snape & Brian Fuata) Australia
4 Ella Sutherland New Zealand
5 Koh Nguang How Singapore
6 Ho Tzu Nyen Singapore
7 Far East Network South Korea, Singapore, Japan, China
8 ruangrupa Indonesia
9 Yeonkun Kang South Korea
10 Lee Ungno South Korea

The Art of Survival: Assembly, Sustainability, Shift

Curator : Man Seok Kim, Sung woo Kim, Chong-Ok Paek
Exhibition Contents :

The Art of Survival Scape is a joint section on contemporary South Korean art that consists of three parts. Three curators with different interests and preferences focus on each different subtheme through the lens of talented Korean artists including artists from Gwangju and Jeollanam-do, who have been selected through the Gwangju Biennale’s “Portfolio Review Program.” It is not so surprising that this section features a wide range of artworks with different characteristics. Looking at contemporary South Korean art through three different windows and taking a step closer to the reality is an approach worth investing as it embraces, blurs, and crosses microscopic/macroscopic, regional/transregional, and formative/conceptual boundaries that may characterize contemporary Korean art. In addition, this section will channel artistic imagination and behaviors branching out in all directions into one exhibition space while clearly revealing the differences among them. Its three subthemes are as follows:

Artist :
Name Nationality
Symmetrical Imagination(curator: Man Seok Kim)
1 KyungHwa Kim South Korea
2 SeHee Park South Korea
3 HwaYeon Park South Korea
4 JeongA Bang+ Akira Tsuboi South Korea/Japan
5 JaeKyu Byun South Korea
6 MongJoo Son South Korea
7 OkHyun An South Korea
8 SangHee Yeo South Korea
9 YouSeung Jeong South Korea
10 Hyungseop Cho South Korea
Momentum Temporary(curator: Sung woo Kim)
1 Suki Seokyeong Kang South Korea
2 Yongju Kwon South Korea
3 Daum Kim South Korea
4 RohwaJeong South Korea
5 Seonhee Moon South Korea
6 Hyunjoo Heaven Baek South Korea
7 Jung Ju An South Korea
8 Yongseok Oh South Korea
9 Okin Collective South Korea
10 Jeongsu Woo South Korea
11 Woosung Lee South Korea
12 Heeseung Chung South Korea
13 Kichang Choi South Korea
14 Daejin Choi South Korea
Assembly Place and Non-Place(curator: Chong-Ok Paek)
1 Dongho Kang South Korea
2 Sunghong Min South Korea
3 SangHwa Park South Korea
4 Iljeung Park South Korea
5 YunKyoung So South Korea
6 Se-young Youn South Korea
7 Jeonglok Lee South Korea
8 Chanboo Jung South Korea

North Korean Art: Paradoxical Realism

Curator : B.G. Muhn
Exhibition Contents :

Curated as the world’s largest exhibition on socialist realism art, this section consists of more than 40 Joseonhwa, which is also known as North Korean art, including a large-scale painting cocreated by a group of artists. It focuses on Joseonhwa to shed new light on a North Korean socialist art developed in total isolation because of the Cold War and the division of Korea without being able to go beyond the borders. Through art, it is also possible to identify and articulate the current state of the Korean Peninsula, which is divided into two and constrained by the borders. This section will prompt visitors to reflect on the discordance, absurdity, and uniformity derived from such situation while providing a room for discussion on how socialist art can influence our aesthetic experience and way of thinking.

Artist :
Name Nationality
1 Chang Ho Choe North Korea
2 Myong Chol Hong North Korea
3 Kwang Chol So North Korea
4 Hyok Chol Kim North Korea
5 Il Kyong Kim North Korea
6 Hyok Im North Korea
7 Yong Gun Ko North Korea
8 Yu Dam Ro North Korea
9 Song Ho Kim North Korea
10 Jin Myong Ri North Korea
11 Kwang Nam Han North Korea
12 Nam Hun Kim North Korea
13 Yu Song Kang North Korea
14 Yun Hyok Kang North Korea
15 Gun Yun North Korea
16 Kwang Guk Wang North Korea
17 Song Il Nam North Korea
18 Byol Jong North Korea
19 Hyun Uk Kim North Korea
20 Il Kwang Baek North Korea
21 Ju Song Rim North Korea
22 Yu Song Choe North Korea
23 Dong Hwan Kim North Korea
24 Chol Ri North Korea
25 Song Gun Kim North Korea
26 In Sok Kim North Korea
27 Chol Kim North Korea
28 Yong Ho Cha North Korea
29 Ki Song Ri North Korea
30 Jae Hyon Ri North Korea
31 Yong Man Jong North Korea
32 Kil Nam Jang North Korea

GB 커미션

Exhibition Contents :

기념비적 신작 프로젝트인 GB커미션은 1980년 광주민주화운동의 상처를 문화예술로 승화하고자한 창설배경을 지닌 광주비엔날레와 광주라는 도시의 역사성을 지구촌에 재선언하면서 세계 시민사회에 민주와 인권, 평화의 묵직한 메시지를 전달할 계획이다.

Artist :
Name Nationality
1 Adrian Villar Rojas Argentina
2 Kader Attia France/ Algeria
3 Mike Nelson UK
4 Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand

파빌리온 프로젝트

Exhibition Contents :

2018광주비엔날레 기간 France와 핀란드 등의 해외 유수 미술기관 등을 초대하여 광주의 역사적인 장소나 동시대 문화예술 현장 등지에 연계전시를 개최하는 2018광주비엔날레 위성프로젝트이다. 베니스비엔날레가 각 국가에서 국가관을 운영하면서 자국 미술을 소개하듯, 파빌리온 프로젝트는 행사 기간과 맞물려 해외 유수 미술기관들이 자국 신진작가를 비롯해 한국 및 광주작가 참여 전시를 자부담으로 기획해 선보이면서 국가 간 교류 및 홍보의 장이 될 것으로 보인다.

팔레 드 도쿄 : 광주시 남구 구동 광주시민회관
리모델링을 마치고 지난 2015년 재개관한 광주 근대 건축물인 광주시민회관은 1980년 5·18 광주민주화운동 당시 계엄군에 대항한 시민군이 사용하던 공간으로 ‘광주정신’이 깃든 곳이다.
헬싱키 국제 아티스트 프로그램 (Helsinki International Artist Programme)
헬싱키의 대표적인 국제 레지던스 프로그램인 HIAP은 1998년 설립된 비영리 예술가 연합으로 시각예술을 중심으로 다양한 장르의 예술가들에게 레지던스 프로그램을 제공해오고 있다. 지난 1월 30일부터 2월 1일 까지 광주를 찾은 유하 후스코넨(Juha Huuskonen) 디렉터 등 HIAP 관계자들은 파빌리온 프로젝트 장소 선정을 위해 수차례 광주를 방문하면서 전시 준비를 해오고 있다.
Philippines 컨템포러리 아트 네트워크 (Philippine Contemporary Art Network)
Philippines 컨템포러리 아트 네트워크 대표인 패트릭 D. 플로레스(Patrick D.Flores)는 현재 바가스 미술관(Vargas Museum) 큐레이터로 재직 중이며, 2015베니스비엔날레 Philippines관 큐레이터, 2008광주비엔날레 큐레이터 등을 역임했다. 지난 3월 2일 (재)광주비엔날레와 MOU를 체결한 Philippines 컨템포러리 아트 네트워크는 Philippines 미술사 정립과 자국 현대미술 작가 양성에 주력하는 Philippines 유일의 기관이다.