Exhibitions

NORTH: FASHIONING IDENTITY

14 September - 21 December 2019

Exhibitions Future Exhibitions

Peer to Peer

17 October - 22 December 2019

Exhibitions

SIXTEEN at Ellesmere Port Library

19 September - 27 September 2019

Events

WE ARE KIRKBY

19 September 2019

Future Exhibitions

WE ARE KIRKBY

23 September - 16 November 2019

LOOK Events Events

Launch: LOOK Photo Biennial 2019

17 October - 17 October 2019

LOOK Events Events

OPENING: DISTINCTLY

27 September - 27 September 2019

Events

OPEN SOURCE IN CONVERSATION: NATHAN CUTLER

26 September - 26 September 2019

Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 11 – NATHAN CUTLER

1 September - 30 September 2019

Events

COAST TO COAST TO COAST

14 September - 14 September 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 10 – JOCELYN ALLEN

1 August - 31 August 2019

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A Portrait Of…

2 August - 29 September 2019

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 09 – ARABELLE ZHUANG

1 July - 31 July 2019

Past Exhibitions

Close Attention

11 July - 21 July 2019

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

New York Scene/Unseen: Keith Haring and Friends

14 June - 7 July 2019

Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 08 – DENISA N. MOLNAR

1 June - 30 June 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: TRANSFORMATIVE MOMENTS – STEPHANIE WYNNE

1 April - 7 July 2019

Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 07 – MARIE SMITH

1 May - 31 May 2019

Projects

VR — Wake Up Together (Ren Hang & Where Love is Illegal)

23 April 2019

Main Exhibition

Belonging: Students of Whitby High School

18 April - 28 April 2019

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 06 – MARIA ANSELL

1 April - 30 April 2019

Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 05 – ELIZABETH GLEAVE

1 March - 31 March 2019

Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 04 – LEIA MORRISON

1 February - 28 February 2019

Past Exhibitions

Here And Now

19 February - 23 February 2019

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PAULINE ROWE & DAVE LOCKWOOD – THE ALLOTMENTS

29 August - 28 September 2019

Exhibitions

TABITHA JUSSA & JOHN DAVIES – CAN’T SEE THE WOOD FOR THE TREES

6 June - 4 July 2019

Exhibitions

Stephanie Wynne and Stephen McCoy — Triangulation

18 July - 24 August 2019

Exhibitions

Yan Wang Preston — Forest

6 June - 28 September 2019

Exhibitions

LIZ HINGLEY – SHANGHAI SACRED

6 June - 25 September 2019

Main Exhibition

Kinship

9 May - 7 July 2019

Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 03 – OLLIE HAYWARD

1 January - 31 January 2019

Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 02 – RACHEL GLASS

1 December - 31 December 2018

Projects Exhibitions

209 Women

28 February - 14 April 2019

Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 01 – HEATHER GLAZZARD

1 November - 30 November 2018

Projects Culture Shifts

Where Things are Different

15 August 2017

Past Exhibitions

She Dreams – Yan Wang Preston

24 September - 10 February 2018

Past Exhibitions

Wake Up Together

15 November - 17 February 2019

Exhibitions

DISTINCTLY

27 September - 24 November 2019

Projects

209 Women Crowdfunder

6 September - 17 October 2018

Past Exhibitions

XU ZHEN: OPTIMIZING

13 July - 7 September 2018

Past Exhibitions

HIDDEN WORLDS

14 July - 16 July 2018

Past Exhibitions

New Brighton Revisited

14 July - 25 August 2018

Exhibitions

SEEING FUTURES: HUGH BAIRD PHOTOGRAPHY UNDERGRADUATES & ALUMNI

29 June 2018

Past Exhibitions

‘ELLESMERE PORT’ WHITBY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT EXHIBITION

22 June 2018

Past Exhibitions

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful World Where Are You?

14 July - 28 October 2018

Past Exhibitions

China Conversation

17 June 2018

Projects

MA Course Brief

1 September 2018

Main Exhibition

Our North

28 March - 30 March 2018

Past Exhibitions

Snapshot to WeChat: A Migration of Identity

6 April 2018

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

The Pier Head – Tom Wood

12 January - 25 March 2018

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Focusing on exchange with China, LOOK Photo Biennial 2019 uses the evolving language of photography to unlock international dialogue. Staged across Liverpool, the wider North West, and Shanghai, the programme — put together by Open Eye Gallery — sets out to bring different cultures into conversation. The main phase of the Liverpool edition opens 17 October, with a free public launch at Open Eye Gallery and various venues across the city. 

 

The programme sets out to reflect on shifting global identities, worldwide environmental issues and how we can use images to communicate effectively: across borders, technologies and cultures. Following Chapter One: TRANSPLANT, the second and much more scaled-up chapter is based around two strands: TRANSLATE and TRANSITION.

 

A core project of LOOK Photo Biennial 2019 is Peer to Peer, a group show of 14 artists, selected by 14 influential cultural leaders from across the UK and China, co-produced with Serein Liu. In Liverpool, it will take place across Open Eye Gallery and the vaulted basement of St. George’s Hall; the exhibition will also be shown at Shanghai Centre of Photography in February. The exhibition platforms artists on the verge of major international recognition.

 

Featured UK artists are Anna Ridler, with her AI-generated projects Mosaic Virus and Tulips, based on handmade image datasets and recently shown as part of the Barbican’s AI: More than Human. Excerpts from Forest, Yan Wang Preston’s recent Sony World Photo Award-winning work will also feature, charting the construction of ‘natural’ landscapes in China. From her origins as a Tumblr photographer, Maisie Cousins has been named in the DAZED 100 — her sickly-sweet photographic style uses close-ups of everyday objects to make lucid images in which attraction and repulsion collide powerfully. 

 

Alix Marie is a French artist whose work sits somewhere between photography and sculpture. For Peer to Peer, Open Eye Gallery presents Orlando, in which photos of body parts are crumpled and piled up into a large mound of warped body parts. Othello De’Souza-Hartley’s work unpicks contemporary masculinity, looking at how and why men feel compelled to perform a gender role. Jonny BriggsUnpalatable Truths is an unnerving, surreal examination of the cover-up of child abuse on the island of Jersey. Mandy Barker’s Soup tackles the accumulation of plastics in earth’s oceans. She meticulously collects plastic objects from beaches around the world and presents them as constellations, exposing the growing threat to marine and terrestrial life. Siân Davey’s years working as a psychotherapist shine through her photography, which charts the delicate balances of family life.

 

Rising Chinese artists Sun Yanchu, Jiang Pengyi, Wu Yue, Fan Xi, Qin Yifeng and Chen Zhe have also been selected, from directors and curators at some of China’s most influential international photography galleries and organisations.

 

Another group show, curated by Sian Bonnell (Manchester School of Art), will bring together around 50 young fashion imagery graduates from the UK and China. Taking place at The Liverpool Gallery on Stanhope Street, JUMP! Showcases photographers from Manchester Metropolitan University, Wuhan Institute of Design, Central St Martins and Zheijang Institute.

 

Yan Wang Preston will also be showing a new commission on the streets around The Tapestry. He is a follow-up to last year’s She Dreams, a series of portraits made with the city’s growing Mandarin-speaking student population. Departing from previous national paradigm, this group are part of a new future-facing generation, with a fresh sense of individualism and global citizenship, not just restricted to China.

 

A new film and portrait commission from Derek Man and Tobias Brebner charts the people and places that form the fabric of Liverpool’s Chinatown, home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe. This will be shown at the Museum of Liverpool, on their media wall.

 

Although great gains have been made in the movement towards gender parity over recent years, there is still far to go. Working with Fast Forward: Women in Photography, photographers Karen Knorr and Anna Fox have been mentoring emerging Chinese photographers who are women. Fox and Knorr will be curating a new show from the body of work produced throughout the programme, shown in large scale in Mann Island Winter Garden, outside Open Eye Gallery.

 

Across the Mersey, at Birkenhead’s new Convenience Gallery, Dinu Li’s film trilogy The Anatomy of Place charts how knowledge, rituals and ideologies move between generations and places. The trilogy weaves together Li’s research from the past ten years, combining Super 8 footage, video, animation, performance, found images and personal archives. Over in Preston, Brilliant City presents new work from three contemporary Chinese urban photographers curated by John van Aitken at PR1 Gallery: Haohan Zheng, Cuilixin, and Ratsberry.

Running alongside the exhibitions, a programme of talks, workshops and conferences will be taking place across the city. This includes a weeklong residency at Tate Exchange, Tate Liverpool, a conference in partnership with Birmingham City University called Urban Transformations and Contemporary Art in China, and a symposium on the 29th of November with RedEye. The core exhibition programme is also supplemented with a satellite programme taking place at venues across the city, including CBS gallery, Buyers Club, Bloom Building, Constellations, The Brink, Baltic Creative, Make Hamilton Square, and Darkside. All artists were selected from an open call — many are local practitioners receiving their first exhibition.

LOOK Photo Biennial 2019 is supported by:

Funders

Arts Council England, Liverpool City council, Foyle Foundation

Partners

Wirral Borough of Culture 2019, University of Salford Art Collection, Redeye Photographic Network, CFCCA (Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art), Heart of Glass

Venue Partners

National Museums Liverpool, University of Liverpool, Victoria Gallery & Museum, Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, UCLan (The University of Central Lancashire

Sponsors

Spectrum Photographic, Colloids

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