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Artists Announced for 10th Liverpool Biennial in 2018


Liverpool Biennial, the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK, today announced the first list of international artists selected for its 10th edition in 2018 (14 July – 28 October).

Celebrating 20 years of presenting international art in the city and region, Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you? invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil.

The Biennial programme of free exhibitions and events is presented in locations across Liverpool, including public spaces and the city’s leading art venues: Bluecoat, FACT, Open Eye Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University’s Exhibition Research Lab, National Museums Liverpool, RIBA North, the Liverpool Playhouse, Victoria Gallery & Museum (University of Liverpool), and Blackburne House.

Artists announced today are:

Madiha Aijaz (Pakistan)
Abbas Akhavan (Iran/Canada)
Francis Alÿs (Belgium/Mexico)
Ei Arakawa (Japan/USA)
Kevin Beasley (USA)
Mohamed Bourouissa (Algeria/France)
Banu Cennetoğlu (Turkey)
Roberto Cuoghi (Italy)
Shannon Ebner (USA)
Paul Elliman (UK)
Inci Eviner (Turkey)
Aslan Gaisumov (Chechnya)
Ryan Gander (UK)
Joseph Grigely (USA)
Holly Hendry (UK)
Lamia Joreige (Lebanon)
Brian Jungen (Canada)
Janice Kerbel  (Canada/UK)
Duane Linklater (Canada)
Mae-Ling Lokko (Saudi Arabia/Ghana)
Taus Makhacheva (Russia)
Ari Benjamin Meyers (USA/Germany)
Naeem Mohaiemen (Bangladesh/USA)
Paulina Olowska (Poland)
George Osodi (Nigeria)
Silke Otto-Knapp (Germany/USA)
Mathias Poledna (Austria/USA)
Annie Pootoogook † (Canada)
Reetu Sattar (Bangladesh)
Suki Seokyeong Kang (South Korea)
Iacopo Seri (Italy)
The Serving Library (USA/UK)
Agnès Varda (Belgium/France)
Joyce Wieland † (Canada)
Haegue Yang (South Korea/Germany)
Rehana Zaman (UK)

Agnes Varda, Cinq rêveurs et un piquet (film still), 2012. Courtesy the artist

Commissioning partners include Chisenhale Gallery, Dhaka Art Summit, Hospitalfield, Karachi Biennale, ROSL Arts, The Tetley, and Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

Liverpool Biennial 2018 is curated by Kitty Scott (Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario) and Sally Tallant (Director, Liverpool Biennial) with the Liverpool Biennial team: Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey (Head of Production and International Projects), Sinéad McCarthy (Curator), Polly Brannan (Education Curator), and Joasia Krysa (Head of Research).

Also on show during Liverpool Biennial 2018 are partner exhibitions John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery and Bloomberg New Contemporaries at LJMU’s Liverpool School of Art & Design. The Biennial Fringe programme will be published in 2018.

Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said: “The 10th edition of the Biennial is an important moment for all of us, marking 20 years in the city, and inviting artists and audiences to reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil. We are proud to be part of the City’s programme for the 10th anniversary of Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008, alongside Tate Liverpool, itself celebrating its 30th anniversary.”