Liverpool Biennial 2020: The Stomach and the Port


For its 11th edition, the Liverpool Biennial has revealed the artistic concept and title: The Stomach and the Port. Liverpool Biennial 2020—curated by Manuela Moscoso with new director, Fatoş Üstek—will take place from July 11 to October 25. Liverpool Biennial 2020: The Stomach and the Port looks at the body and ways of connecting with the world. The Biennial programme is presented in locations across Liverpool, including public spaces, historic sites and the city’s leading art venues: Bluecoat, FACT, Open Eye Gallery, Tate Liverpool and Victoria Gallery & Museum. New for 2020, Liverpool Biennial’s reach will also expand to the city’s historic Fabric District and beyond.

More than 50 leading international and emerging artists will be participating, including four Caribbean artists: Christopher Cozier (Trinidad & Tobago), Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaica), Ligia Lewis (USA/Dominican Republic), and Alberta Whittle (Barbados). See their biographies below.

Description: Liverpool Biennial 2020 explores notions of the body. Drawing on non-Western ways of thinking, The Stomach and the Port challenges an understanding of the individual as a defined, self-sufficient entity. The body is instead seen as a fluid organism that is continuously shaped by and shaping its environment. Liverpool’s dynamic as a historical international port city – a point of global contact and circulation – provides the perfect ecosystem in which to situate these enquiries. More than 50 international artists have been invited to respond to the theme within the context of Liverpool.

Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s largest festival of contemporary visual art. Taking over historic buildings, unexpected spaces and art galleries, the Biennial has been transforming the city through art for over two decades. A dynamic programme of free exhibitions, performances, screenings and fringe events unfolds over the 15 weeks, shining a light on the city’s vibrant cultural scene.

Fatoş Üstek, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said: “We are thrilled to bring new horizons to the Biennial in 2020. We will be expanding further into public spaces with permanent and temporary artist commissions, whilst increasing our visibility in the city through our programming. We have brought together artists from the UK and around the globe, whose practices demonstrate a breadth of enquiry into the world we live in, to research and engage with Liverpool, its history and cultural landscape.”

Manuela Moscoso, Curator of Liverpool Biennial 2020, said: “A plethora of artistic positions are grouping under this edition of the Biennial: many include sound, shun direct representation, de-stabilise gender categories, or look at intense forms of contact. We are taking the visible and invisible dynamics of Liverpool’s historic port as portents for the future body.”

Participating artists confirmed to date are: Larry Achiampong (UK/Ghana), Erick Beltrán (Mexico), Diego Bianchi (Argentina), Alice Channer (UK), Judy Chicago (USA), Ithell Colquhuon (UK), Christopher Cozier (Trinidad & Tobago), Yael Davids (Israel/Netherlands), Ines Doujak (Austria) & John Barker (UK), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Jadé Fadojutimi (UK), Jes Fan (Canada), Lamin Fofana (Sierra Leone/USA), Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaica), Sonia Gomes (Brazil), Ane Graff (Norway), Ayesha Hameed (UK/Canada), Camille Henrot (France), Nicholas Hlobo (South Africa), Laura Huertas Millán (Colombia), Sohrab Hura (India), Evan Ifekoya (UK), Invernomuto (Italy) & Jim C. Nedd (Italy), Rashid Johnson (USA), KeKeÇa (Turkey), Jutta Koether (Germany), Last Yearz Interesting Negro (UK), Ligia Lewis (USA/Dominican Republic), Linder (UK), Luo Jr‐shin (Taiwan), Jorge Menna Barreto (Brazil), Haroon Mirza (UK), Neo Muyanga (South Africa), Pedro Neves Marques (Portugal), Roland Persson (Sweden), Anu Põder (Estonia), Reto Pulfer (Switzerland/Germany), André Romão (Portugal), Kathleen Ryan (USA), Zineb Sedira (France), Xaviera Simmons (USA), Teresa Solar (Spain), Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (Spain/Brazil), Jenna Sutela (Finland), UBERMORGEN (Austria/USA) & Leonardo Impett (UK/Italy), Luisa Ungar (Colombia/Austria), Alberta Whittle (Barbados), Zheng Bo (China), David Zink Yi (Peru/Germany)

Artist Biographies

Christopher Cozier (Trinidad & Tobago) Christopher Cozier (b. 1959, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) lives and works in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Cozier is an artist, writer and curator, whose work aims to explore and affect conventional readings of the Caribbean. For Cozier, the Caribbean is a fluid space and an ongoing negotiation with shifting narratives and interpretations. From notebook drawings to video installations, Cozier’s artistic practice investigates how historical and current experiences inform our understanding of the wider contemporary world. He is the co-director of Alice Yard and a 2013 Prince Claus Award laureate. Recent exhibitions include 14th Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2019); Historisk Museum, Norway (2019); 10th Berlin Biennale, Germany (2018); and Museum of Latin American Art, USA (2017).

Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaica) Ebony G. Patterson (b. 1981, Kingston, Jamaica) lives and works in Kingston, Jamaica and Chicago, USA. Patterson’s multi-layered practice uses beauty as a tool, employing opulent, hand-embellished surfaces and brightly coloured patterns to entice viewers to bear witness to social injustices. The work directs the viewer to look beyond the facades created by the ‘fabricated fantasies of a consumerist culture’ and consider the realities of those ‘not touched by the glitter and gold’. Patterson is the recipient of the United States Artists Award (2018). Recent exhibitions include Pérez Art Museum, Miami, USA (2018); The Studio Museum, USA (2016); Museum of Arts and Design, USA (2016); and 32nd São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2016).

Ligia Lewis (USA/Dominican Republic) Ligia Lewis (b. 1983, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) lives and works in Berlin, Germany, and Los Angeles, USA. Lewis is a choreographer whose works give form to movements, speech, affects, thoughts, relations, utterances and the bodies that hold them. Sliding between the familiar and the unfamiliar, her works hold together the logics of interdependence, disorder and play. In considering the social inscriptions of the body, she materialises the enigmatic, the poetic, and the dissonant. Lewis is the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants Award, USA (2018); Bessie Award for Outstanding Production, USA (2017); and the Factory Artist residency at tanzhaus nrw, Germany (2017-19). Recent and upcoming performances include MCA Chicago, USA (2020); Walker Art Center, USA (2020); and Home Works: A Forum on Cultural Practices, Lebanon (2019).

Alberta Whittle (Barbados) Alberta Whittle (b. 1980, Barbados) lives and works between Barbados, Scotland and South Africa. Whittle is an artist, research and curator. Her creative practice is motivated by the desire to work collectively towards radical self-love. Informed by diasporic conversations, Alberta considers radical self-love and collective care as key methods in battling anti-blackness. Her practice involves choreographing interactive installations, using film, sculpture and performance as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces. Whittle was a RAW Academie Fellow at RAW Material in Dakar, Senegal (2018) and is the Margaret Tait Award winner for 2018/2019. Recent exhibitions and performance include Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow, UK (2019); The Showroom, UK (2018); Apartheid Museum, South Africa (2017); and 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (2015).

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