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Liverpool Biennial 2006: International 06
Urban myths and the bittersweet success of regeneration are strong focal points in the International 06 exhibition for Liverpool Biennial 2006.

Inspired – in overview and in detail – by Liverpool’s people, history and built environment, the exhibition promises 35 new commissions, half of which will be sited in the public realm, by some of the most exciting artists from across the world – a uniquely crafted ‘total experience’ of new art in a specific cultural context.

The personality of the exhibition will be as lively, diverse and quick-witted as Liverpool itself. It will be an extraordinary opportunity to see art engaging with global issues through the specifics of its cultural context.

Priscilla Monge’s football pitch designed as an obstacle course carries a powerful emotional impact with lighthearted irony, whilst Rigo places cages around monumental imperial lions and Teresa Margolles engages with criminal violence by making pavements of shattered glass.

International 06 responds to the personal readings of Liverpool made by consultant curators Gerardo Mosquera and Manray Hsu. Both see art channelling energy into and within the city. Manray Hsu makes use of metaphors drawn from the Internet and from traditional Chinese medicine, while Gerardo Mosquera’s ‘reverse colonialism’ returns the flow of energy along the city’s historic geographic vectors to explore Liverpool here and now.

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In addition to those mentioned above, artists currently in conversation towards a commission include: Matthew Buckingham, Paul Chan, Chen Chieh-jen, Esra Ersan, Carlos Garaicoa, Shilpa Gupta, Kingpins, Hans Peter Kuhn, Lee Ming-Wei, Kelly Mark, Gianni Motti, Mario Navarro, Lisa Oppenheim, Philippe Parreno, Amalia Pica, Jean-Francois Prost, Shimabuku, Hans Schabus, Julianne Swartz, Sissel Tolaas, Tsui Kuang-yu, Adriana Varejao, Humberto Velez, Matej Andraz Vogrincic, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jun Yang.

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