John Gerrard Mirror Pavilion – Corn Work features in Asia’s Leading Visual Arts Biennale  


Galway International Arts Festival’s commission for Galway 2020, John Gerrard’s Mirror Pavilion – Corn Work will feature as part of the 2021 Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, one of Asia’s leading visual arts biennale. The latest edition of the biennale is curated by international luminaries Defne Ayas and Natasha Ginwala and runs from 1 April – 9 May.  





Image: John Gerrard Mirror Pavilion Corn Work in Korea photo Sang tae Kim

The star-studded line up of international artists includes Cecilia Vicuña, Tishan Hsu, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Pacita Abad, Moon Kyungwon and Ireland’s John Gerrard. Established in 1995, Gwangju Biennale served as a bridge between Korea and the world and led the flow of contemporary art. It is now one of the most important events of the global art world. 

Sixty-nine artists participate in this biennale, titled Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning, with over 40 new commissions unveiled as part of the 2021 edition.    

  Gerrard’s Mirror Pavilion Corn Work premiered at GIAF’s Autumn Edition 2020 at the Claddagh Quay and was seen by in excess of 120,000 people. A response to the escalating climate crisis, Gerrard’s work pushes the boundaries of digital art using simulation. The work recalls histories of 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 second part of the work, Leaf Work will premiere later this year at Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara.   

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