Liverpool Biennial 2016 recommendations, July 9 – Oct 16

, 6 July 2016

The Liverpool Biennial 2016 is on across venues in the UK city, opening July 9 and running to October 16.

Unlike many other biennials and larger art fairs, this one is arranged around a coherent narrative with much specificity involved. The viewer will be taken on a series of voyages through time and space, drawing on Liverpool’s past, present and future in six ‘episodes’: Ancient Greece, Chinatown, Children’s Episode, Software, Monuments from the Future and Flashback, all installed in public spaces, unused buildings and galleries across the city.

Also unique to the biennial is that many of the 44 artists have made work for more than one episode. Some are repeated across different episodes, some venues host more than one episode and many of the artists have curated events within the extensive events and film screening programme.

Here are some aqnb recommendations:

Elena Narbutaite and Eduardo Costa’s collaborative swimsuits designed by Costa in the 1980s and materialised by Lithuanian artist Narbutaite in 2016 will be on display in a photoshoot performance called ‘Sun Kiss Feline‘ at the Adelphi Hotel swimming pool.

Adam Linder @ Tate Liverpool

Isabel Lewis @ Sefton Park Palm House 

Ian Cheng @ Cains Brewery

Lucy Beech @ FACT

Installation, Slice a Slanted Arc into Dry Paper Sky by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, who have smuggled objects, props, works and films from their collection in Dubai where they are living and where they are in exile by shipping container, also @ Cains Brewery.

Ana Jotta‘s work across multiple locations.

Arseny Zhilyaev @ Granby Four Streets

Suzanne Treister’s @ John Moores University’s Exhibition Research Lab

Betty Woodman @ Tate Liverpool

Liv Wynter @ The Royal Standard

Ryan Gander @ Cactus

Krzysztof Wodiczko @ FACT

See the Liverpool Biennal website for more details.**


Elena Narbutaite + Eduardo Costa, 'Sun Kiss Feline' (1982-2016). Courtesy the artists.
Elena Narbutaite + Eduardo Costa, ‘Sun Kiss Feline’ (1982-2016). Courtesy the artists.