From Gaynor Evelyn Sweeney…
NEW YORK AND UK ARTISTS LEFT WITHOUT VENUE IN THE LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL
Trannsvoyeur, an artists led initiative of New York and Liverpool artists, had their show pulled by ‘external forces’ after the artists had arrived in the City to install their work.
Artists from New York and the UK were left standing around without a space to show their work after various venues were systematically withdrawn.
The artists from New York had paid to transport their work and themselves to the ‘friendly’ City only to find that the Transvoyeur show, of which they were a part, had the original venue cancelled at the last minute and in the alternative venue the space allowed was progressively reduced.
Ironically, work from Transvoyeur artists are being used to advertise the whole of the Independents Section of the Biennial, however the show itself has been undermined, by other institutions agendas, out of existence.
This does not look good for the European City of Culture in 2008, as news of these events and the internal politics of the festival spread throughout the international art world.