15 September – 25 November 2012
Copperas Hill Building
Since 2006, Liverpool Biennial has included ‘collateral’ events organised and supported by embassies, international agencies or galleries, and promoted by Liverpool Biennial as a part of the programme. In 2010, for the first time, Liverpool Biennial solicited exhibitions organised overseas and promoted under the title City States.
City States starts from the premise that artists and their art are inspired by the ‘freedom of the city’. People continue to be drawn to cities, with over 70% of the world’s population projected to live in cities by 2050.
This migration and its focus gives rise to a double allegiance: to the city we live and work in, and the place of our nationality, birth, culture or ancestry. Cities demand enormous resources and are the greatest economic drivers. For these reasons the state of cities increasingly determines the future of States.
City States also responds to the theme of hospitality and contributes to its wider exploration. City States 2012 brings together over 60 artists from seven countries, exploring the dynamics between cities and states with new and pre-existing works. City States will present work from cities such as Copenhagen, Gdańsk, Hong Kong, Incheon, Lisbon, Makhachkala, Reykjavik, Oslo, Taipei, Vilnius, Wellington.
The artists invited to create The Unexpected Guest and City States 2012 question our ability to be “unprepared”. Can we afford to be hospitable in these critical times?”
City States: Project List
Birmingham: Birmingham The Magic City
Home of Metal
Copenhagen: Approaching Journey
Jane Jin Kaisen
Gdańsk: Unwanted Visitors
Alicja Karska & Aleksandra Went
Hong Kong: All Are Guests
CoLAB × SLOW
Incheon: Terra Galaxia
Seoung Won Won
Lisbon: Air Print
Makhachkala: Topography of Masculinity
Oslo: Palestinian Embassy
Goksoyr & Martens
Reykjavik, Nuuk, Tórshavn: North Atlantic Pavilion
St. Petersburg: Interior
Taipei: Metro-Wonderland: Taiwanese Artists and Urban Morphology
Vilnius: Black Pillow
Audrius Bučas & Valdas Ozarinskas