Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you?
Running from July 14 through October 28, 2018, the 10th edition of Liverpool Biennial – entitled Beautiful world, where are you? – invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world in social, political and economic turmoil.
The title Beautiful world, where are you? comes from a poem by Friedrich Schiller (in German, Schöne Welt, wo bist du?) published in 1788, and thereafter set to music by Franz Schubert in 1819.
The period between the composition of Schiller’s poem and Schubert’s song saw great upheaval and profound change in Europe, from the French Revolution to the fall of the Napoleonic Empire.
Today, the poem continues to reflect a world gripped by deep uncertainty. It can be seen as a lament but also as an invitation to reconsider our past, advancing a new sense of beauty that can be shared in a more equitable way.
The curatorial team of Liverpool Biennial 2018, led by Kitty Scott and Sally Tallant, asked over 40 artists from 22 countries to present works that respond to the call Beautiful world, where are you?
Featured artists comprise Madiha Aijaz, Abbas Akhavan, Morehshin Allahyari, Francis Alÿs, Ei Arakawa, Kevin Beasley, Mohamed Bourouissa, Banu Cennetoğlu, Shannon Ebner, Paul Elliman, Inci Eviner, Aslan Gaisumov, Ryan Gander with Jamie Clark, Phoebe Edwards, Tianna Mehta, Maisie Williams and Joshua Yates, Joseph Grigely, Dale Harding, Holly Hendry, Lamia Joreige, Brian Jungen, Janice Kerbel, Duane Linklater, Mae-ling Lokko, Taus Makhacheva, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Naeem Mohaiemen, Paulina Olowska, George Osodi, Silke Otto-Knapp, Mathias Poledna, Annie Pootoogook, Reetu Sattar, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Iacopo Seri, Melanie Smith, The Serving Library, Agnès Varda, Joyce Wieland, Haegue Yang, Chou Yu-Cheng, and Rehana Zaman.
Kevin Beasley, Your face is/is not enough, 2016. Image courtesy the artist, Casey Kaplan, New York and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photo: Tom Van Eynde
Agnès Varda, Ulysse (film still), 1982. Image courtesy the artist
Chou Yu-Cheng, Chemical Gilding, Keep Calm, Galvanise, Pray, Gradient, Ashes, Manifestation, Unequal, Dissatisfaction, Capitalise, Incense Burner, Survival, Agitation, Hit, Day Light, 2015. Installation view at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Image courtesy of the artist
The city of Liverpool provides the setting, comprising 21 venues – public spaces, galleries, museums and civic buildings – including Blackburne House, Bluecoat, FACT, Liverpool John Moores University’s Exhibition Research Lab, Open Eye Gallery, the Oratory, the Playhouse theater, RIBA North, Tate Liverpool, and Victoria Gallery & Museum (University of Liverpool).
Along with exhibitions and special art commissions, the program of the Liverpool Biennial 2018 includes talks, live performances, public discussions and roundtables, film screenings, and guided tours.
Liverpool Biennial 2018
July 14 – October 28, 2018
Liverpool, UK, various venues
The Bluecoat; photo Inexhibit
The Tale Liverpool; photo Infinite3d
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