Liverpool artwork of the day – Monday August 13 2007. ‘Busfront 1’ 2006 by Juul Hondius courtesy of Akinci Gallery at Open Eye as part of ‘Bound’ until October 20 2007
Bound is a group exhibition of contemporary art that explores slavery from historical manifestations to modern-day bondage. The exhibition will show works by international artists representing personal perspectives on the physical and psychological impacts of slavery.
Bound is presented in collaboration with FACT, National Museums Liverpool and Tate Liverpool. Live art performances and interventions will be staged during the exhibition at a number of sites around the city including Liverpool Central Library, Albert Dock and Wood Street. Artists exhibiting/participating at Open Eye Gallery: Yasmeen Al Awadi, Barney Ashton, Maja Bajevic, Martin Effert, Sagi Groner, Juul Hondius, Emily Jacir, Santiago Sierra, Penny Siopis, Judith Witteman, Rachel Wilberforce & Roel Wouters.
Today at least 12 million men, women and children worldwide are forced to work through the threat or use of violence. They are denied freedom, dehumanised and treated as property to be bought and sold. Even though slavery is illegal under international law, no region is free from this abuse and forms of slavery are found in most countries.
Regardless of one’s race, religion and social, political or cultural background, Bound will invite the viewer to engage with issues of modern-day slavery by penetrating one’s own profound experience in relation to freedom or choice of action. The exhibition will examine this phenomenon in the contemporary world, as well as look into the questions of freedom, change, pride and belief. The artists in Bound, stripped of any inhibitions or judgments, break Pandora’s box wide open.
The exhibition will incorporate archival material, conceptual work, photography, video, live art performance, interventions and installations.
A comprehensive public programme will accompany the exhibition to include seminars, open table discussions, screenings, lectures, talks and workshops.