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Liverpool Biennial announces new trustees and dates for 2023 edition

As it celebrates the highlights of the final week of its current edition, The Stomach and the Port, Liverpool Biennial is delighted to announce five new Trustees joining its Board, chaired by Kathleen Soriano and supported by Director Dr Sam Lackey, and to confirm that the next edition will take place from June to September 2023.

The new Trustees of the non-executive Board of Liverpool Biennial are Rick Behari, Director of Communications, Sky; Reema Khan, Advancement Director, The Business School (formerly Cass); Hetain Patel, Artist; Scott Smith, Head of Digital at National Museums Liverpool; and Ying Tan, Senior Programme Manager, Art Fund.

Kathleen Soriano, Chair, Liverpool Biennial, said: “This is an exciting moment for Liverpool Biennial as we move towards the future. We are delighted to welcome such a dynamic group of talented professionals to join our Board, each of whom brings with them an exceptional set of skills, experience, and knowledge. With their support, coupled with the vision of our new Director Dr Sam Lackey, we can build on the enormous success and innovative spirit of our 2021 edition, and cement the Biennial’s position as the UK’s leading festival of contemporary art.”

The Stomach and the Port formally comes to an end this Sunday, on 27 June. However, the online portal remains live, with catch-up recordings and resources from this edition’s programme. Visitors to Liverpool will also still be able to see the work of B.O.S.S and Zheng Bo at FACT (on display until 29 August), alongside the work of Jadé Fadojutimi, Laura Huertas Milán, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Roland Persson, Kathleen Ryan and André Romão at Bluecoat (on display until 5 September).

Curated by Manuela Moscoso, The Stomach and the Port asked the questions: what is a body? what does it mean to be human? Set against the backdrop of Liverpool’s colonial history as a port city, 50 artists and collectives from 30 countries across the world were invited to respond to the conceptual framework, exploring the ideas of kinship, porosity and the bodily experience. Featuring 150 works of art, including 47 new commissions, The Stomach and the Port has overcome the challenges of the pandemic to present 9 exhibitions acrossLiverpool, taking over the iconic Lewis’s Building, Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building, the Lush Building, Liverpool Central Library and Cotton Exchange, and partnering with renowned art galleries Tate Liverpool, FACT, Open Eye and Bluecoat, alongside 7 outdoor sculptures and installations, and 5 sonic and digital commissions.

For the first time, the Biennial also produced a rich, multi-layered digital channel, underpinning The Stomach and the Port with a dynamic, online programme of over 140 commissions, events and resources. Comprising live performances, artist interviews, curatorial videos, virtual reality exhibition tours, artist-led discussions and workshops, a film programme and podcasts, the Biennial Online Portal has continued to evolve and deliver multimedia content, along with a vibrant selection of online resources for children and young people, bridging audience engagement from local communities across Liverpool to around the globe.

The participating artists have included: Larry Achiampong, Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S), Erick Beltrán, Diego Bianchi, Alice Channer, Judy Chicago, Ithell Colquhuoun, Christopher Cozier, Yael Davids, Ines Doujak & John Barker, Dr. Lakra, Jadé Fadojutimi, Jes Fan, Lamin Fofana, Ebony G. Patterson, Sonia Gomes, Ane Graff, Ayesha Hameed, Camille Henrot, Nicholas Hlobo, Laura Huertas Millán, Sohrab Hura, Invernomuto & Jim C. Nedd, Rashid Johnson, KeKeÇa, Jutta Koether, SERAFINE1369, Ligia Lewis, Linder, Luo Jr-shin, Jorgge Menna Barreto, Haroon Mirza, Neo Muyanga, Pedro Neves Marques, Roland Persson, Anu Põder, Reto Pulfer, André Romão, Kathleen Ryan, Zineb Sedira, Xaviera Simmons, Teresa Solar, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Jenna Sutela, Martine Syms, UBERMORGEN, Leonardo Impett and Joasia Krysa, Luisa Ungar, Alberta Whittle, Zheng Bo, David Zink Yi.

Manuela Moscoso, Curator, Liverpool Biennial 2021, said: “The Stomach and the Port draws its title from an understanding of bodies as fluid, porous and interdepended organisms – continuously shaping and shaped by their environments. The biennial has reflected on systems of exchange, how borders are not only geographic but also political and subjective constructs. Developed over several years, this Biennial hasgathered practices that are deeply engaged with different forms of existence, challenging the rigid categories that have embedded our bodies in concrete historical, linguistic and cultural contexts. Rooted in decolonising our experience of the world, the artists have collaboratively presented a re-calibration of the senses and a catalyst for change”.  

Sam Lackey, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said: “It has been an extraordinary achievement to produce this Biennial in the midst of a global pandemic and in so doing, to bring the vitality of contemporary art back to the city of Liverpool. We are eternally grateful to our artists, our funders and the Biennial team, and in particular to the steadfast ambition of our curator Manuela Moscoso. Evolving in a time of restriction has led to great innovation. This Biennial has been significant, even transformational, through the hybridity of its programme, enabling audiences from all over the world to enjoy the artists’ work. The bar is set high for how we move forwards, and I am excited to be working with our new Trustees in building on this innovative model for the 12th edition in summer 2023.”

The Stomach and the Port

Dates                                The Stomach and the Port runs until 27 June 2021 (with Tate Liverpool until 20 June, FACT until 29 August, Bluecoat until 5 September)

Opening Times:           Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 6pm (with the exception of Bluecoat closing at 5pm and Central Library open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 3pm)

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Admission:                Free Entry

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