Liverpool Biennial 2016 will unfold through the landscape of the city. It is organised as a story narrated in several episodes: fictional worlds sited in galleries, museums, pubs, unused spaces, stations, hotels, shops and supermarkets. For the first time, children will work together with artists and the Biennial team to develop ambitious exhibitions, projects and publications specifically for young audiences.
40 commissioned artists will make new work for the Biennial, presented in a series of locations across the city outdoors and indoors, and in Liverpool’s leading art venues including Tate Liverpool, FACT, Bluecoat and Open Eye Gallery. The list of artists includes:
Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Jordan/UK/Lebanon), Andreas Angelidakis (Greece/Norway), Alisa Baremboym (USA), Lucy Beech (UK), Mariana Castillo Deball (Mexico), Yin-Ju Chen (Taiwan), Ian Cheng (USA), Céline Condorelli (Italy/Switzerland/France), Audrey Cottin (France), Koenraad Dedobbeleer (Belgium), Jason Dodge (USA), Lara Favaretto (Italy), Danielle Freakley (Australia),Coco Fusco (USA), Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (Australia/UK), Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni(France), Ana Jotta (Portugal), Samson Kambalu (Malawi/UK), Oliver Laric (Austria), Mark Leckey (UK), Adam Linder (Australia), Marcos Lutyens (UK), Jumana Manna (Palestine), Rita McBride(USA), Dennis McNulty (Ireland), Elena Narbutaite (Lithuania), Lu Pingyuan (China), Michael Portnoy (USA), Sahej Rahal (India), Hesam Rahmanian, Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh (Iran), Koki Tanaka (Japan), Villa Design Group (UK/USA), Krzysztof Wodiczko (Poland), Betty Woodman(USA), Arseny Zhilyaev (Russia)
Liverpool Biennial 2016 is curated by Sally Tallant, Dominic Willsdon, Francesco Manacorda, Raimundas Malasauskas, Joasia Krysa, Rosie Cooper, Polly Brannan, Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey, Ying Tan and Sandeep Parmar.
Also showing during Liverpool Biennial 2016 are the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery, Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Bluecoat, and the Liverpool Biennial fringe.
- Rita McBride, Mae West, 2011. Image courtesy of Konrad Fischer Galerie.