Mirror Pavilion goes on display in South Korea

GIAF/Galway 2020 commission featured in Asia’s leading visual arts biennale

John Gerrard's Mirror Pavilion in Korea. Photos by Sang tae Kim

John Gerrard's Mirror Pavilion in Korea. Photos by Sang tae Kim

JOHN GERRARD'S Mirror Pavilion, the key artwork of the Galway International Arts Festival 2020, is now on display at the 2021 Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, one of Asia’s leading visual arts events.

Mirror Pavilion – Corn Work, a GIAF and Galway 2020 commission, is a response to the escalating climate crisis, but also representing Galway and Irish culture on the international stage vis its use of mummers and in the way the work recalls grain milling in Galway and the strong flow of water, which provided a sustainable, clean energy, source for the city’s now dismantled flour mills.

The Gwangju Biennale runs from April 1 to May 9 and features more than 40 new works from 69 artists.

John Gerrard Mirror Pavilion Sang tae Kim

“The Gwangju Biennale enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the most important biennales amongst curators, audiences, and critics and is the leading visual art events in Asia,” said Paul Fahy, artistic director of the GIAF. “John Gerrard’s work is widely recognised and respected internationally and we are delighted Mirror Pavilion - Corn Work is part of this biennale.”

Mirror Pavilion?- Corn Work was displayed at the Claddagh Quay last year and was seen by more than 120,000 people. The second part of the work, Leaf Work, will premiere later this year at Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara.


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