Liverpool Biennial has revealed the theme of its first festival ‘edition’ under its new director – as well as the artists taking part.
The 2020 Biennial will be titled The Stomach and the Port and will look at the body and ways of connecting with the world.
More than 50 leading national and international artists are set to take part in the UK’s largest biennial of contemporary art, including Liverpool-born photographer Linder Sterling who is known for radical feminist montages and her focus on gender, commodity and display.
Meanwhile American artist Judy Chicago returns to Liverpool after creating a giant dockside mural to mark 50 years of Sgt Pepper in 2017.
Liverpool Biennial 2020 will take place from July 11 to October 25 at venues and unexpected places across the city – including the Fabric District - and will be curated by Manuel Moscoso and the Biennial’s new director Fatoş Üstek
Linder - The Goddess Who Has Arrows, 2019
A dynamic programme of free exhibitions, performances, screenings and fringe events will unfold over the 15 weeks, shining a light on the city’s vibrant cultural scene.
Fatoş Üstek said: "We’re 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’ve 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.”
Ines Doujak - Masterless Voices (film still), 2014
Participating artists confirmed to date also include Larry Achiampong (UK/Ghana), Diego Bianchi (Argentina), Ithell Colquhuon (UK), Yael Davids (Jerusalem/Netherlands), Ines Doujak (Austria) & John Barker (UK), Jes Fan (Hong Kong/Canada), Lamin Fofana (Sierra Leone/USA), Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaica), Ane Graff (Norway), Sohrab Hura (India), Rashid Johnson (USA), Last Yearz Interesting Negro (UK), Luo Jr‐shin (Taiwan), Haroon Mirza (UK), Neo Muyanga (South Africa), Anu Põder (Estonia), André Romão (Portugal), Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (Spain/Brazil), UBERMORGEN (Austria/USA) & Leonardo Impett (UK/Italy) and Zheng Bo (China).
Liverpool Biennial 2020 runs from July 11 to October 25. More on the website HERE