Jessica Morgan, Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art, Tate Modern, will be the Artistic Director of the 10th Gwangju Biennale 2014.
Morgan has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions, including Saloua Raouda Choucair, Gabriel Orozco, John Baldessari: Pure Beauty, The World as a Stage, Martin Kippenberger, Time Zones, Common Wealth, and the Turbine Hall Unilever Commissions, working with artists Tino Sehgal, Carsten Höller and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, since she joined Tate. Jessica Morgan was previously Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, where she organized exhibitions of work by, among others, Ellen Gallagher, Olafur Eliasson, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas and Cornelia Parker. Prior to that she was an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where she curated the survey of Mona Hatoum. She has curated the exhibition of Urs Fischer for MOCA Los Angeles, Damien Ortega for ICA Boston and The Unruly History of the Readymade for Jumex Collection.
Through her position as the Daskalopoulos Curator she has specialized in the acquisition of contemporary and emerging international art, focusing specifically on non-Western regions such as the Middle East and South America.
General director of the Gwangju Biennale, Lee Yongwoo, said: “Jessica Morgan has been known for organizing innovative and experimental exhibitions for the past 20-odd years, and we believed that she would be able to bring new artistic visions for the 20th anniversary edition of the biennale.”
Morgan plans to spotlight the city’s history in the upcoming biennale, as Gwangju has been the backdrop for a controversial ’80s political uprising and is now a symbol of Korea’s democratization movement.
The 10th Gwangju Biennale will run from September 5 to November 9, 2014.