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EXHIBITION LAUNCH AND TOURS: NEW BRIGHTON REVISITED

14 July 2018

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EXHIBITION LAUNCH: ‘SEEING FUTURES’, HUGH BAIRD UNDERGRADUATES & ALUMNI

29 June 2018

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EXHIBITION LAUNCH: ‘ELLESMERE PORT’, WHITBY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

22 June 2018

Exhibitions Future Exhibitions

SEEING FUTURES: HUGH BAIRD PHOTOGRAPHY UNDERGRADUATES & ALUMNI

29 June 2018

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Young People and Photography Today: A Public Discussion

26 June 2018

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EVERY PERSON MUST BE HUMAN: KATHERINE MONAGHAN AND ASYLUM LINK MERSEYSIDE

23 June 2018

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‘ELLESMERE PORT’ WHITBY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT EXHIBITION

22 June 2018

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TERENCE HENG: CHINATOWN PHOTOWALK

16 June 2018

Events

ZINE & PHOTOBOOK FAIR 2018

30 June 2018

Future Exhibitions

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful World Where Are You?

14 July - 28 October 2018

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ARTIST TALK: PETER BYRNE ‘THIS LAND’

14 June 2018

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Common Ground: Photography, Writing and Public Space

19 July 2018

Exhibitions

China Conversation

17 June 2018

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MA Course Brief

1 September 2018

Main Exhibition

Our North

28 March - 30 March 2018

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

Snapshot to WeChat: A Migration of Identity

6 April - 17 June 2018

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

The Pier Head – Tom Wood

12 January - 25 March 2018

Past Exhibitions

Ferry Folk

11 January - 25 March 2018

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Culture Shifts: Local

6 October - 22 December 2017

Past Exhibitions

Finding Fangorn

26 October - 26 November 2017

Past Exhibitions

Who We Are

22 June - 26 June 2017

Past Exhibitions

OPEN 3: AFFECTING CHANGE

7 July - 17 September 2017

Past Exhibitions

Tate Exchange Liverpool

27 November - 29 November 2016

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Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

28 October - 18 December 2016

Wall Work

40 Years of Open Eye Gallery: 1977-2017

5 January 2017

Past Exhibitions

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion

6 January - 19 March 2017

Projects Past Exhibitions

Culture Shifts: Global

7 April - 18 June 2017

Culture Shifts

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

9 October 2016

Projects Culture Shifts

Toxteth

9 October 2016

Culture Shifts

Positive Changes at The Atkinson

9 October 2016

Culture Shifts

Kirkby

9 October 2016

Projects Culture Shifts

St Helens

9 October 2016

Culture Shifts

Exhibition: Halton

9 October 2016

Projects Culture Shifts

Wirral: Another Language/ In The Pink Room

9 October 2016

Culture Shifts

Animator Training

9 October 2016

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Liverpool Biennial 2016

9 July - 16 October 2016

Past Exhibitions

Walter & Zoniel: Spectra

9 July - 16 October 2016

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Tromarama

9 July - 31 July 2016

Past Exhibitions

Telling Tales

6 July - 11 July 2016

Past Exhibitions

Collected Possibilities

15 June - 19 June 2016

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Open 2: Pieces of You

15 April - 5 June 2016

Past Exhibitions

Flat Death: Edgar Martins & Jordan Baseman

15 January - 3 April 2016

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Edith Tudor-Hart: Quiet Radicalism

2 March - 29 April 2013

Past Exhibitions

Mishka Henner: Precious Commodities

2 March - 29 April 2013

Past Exhibitions

A Lecture Upon The Shadow

7 December - 17 February 2013

Past Exhibitions

Kohei Yoshiyuki: Liverpool Biennial 2012

15 September - 25 November 2012

Past Exhibitions

E. Chambre Hardman

7 December - 17 February 2013

Past Exhibitions

Mark Morrisroe: Liverpool Biennial 2012

15 September - 25 November 2012

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Sinta Tantra – Together, Yet Forever Apart: Liverpool Biennial 2012

1 September - 1 January 2014

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Still Outside (Or Unexplained)

22 June - 2 September 2012

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LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL 2018

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful World Where Are You?

14 July - 28 October 2018

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world where are you? invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil. For this Biennial, we showcase two projects from international photographers. Madiha Aijaz (Karachi, Pakistan) and George Osodi (Lagos, Nigeria) present works charting shifts in community, culture and power. Both artists are producing work in countries with a colonial legacy, looking at systems of governance and cultural guidance following their reclamation of autonomy from Britain.

Madiha Aijaz is a filmmaker and photographer interested in cultural civic spaces and how we interact with them. She often photographs the railways, public libraries, study spaces and communities that have become peripheral to civic life. Her new film on show at Open Eye Gallery, These Silences Are All the Words, explores the public libraries of Karachi, Pakistan, against the backdrop of the changing landscape of the city.

 

Madiha Aijaz, These Silences Are All The Words (film still), 2017-2018. Image courtesy the artist

 

The film looks at how librarians and the library’s users reflect on the city outside the library’s walls. It focuses on the shift of language use from Urdu and its poetic and literary history, moving towards the ambition and individualism associated with English. Many of Aijaz’s works quietly offer a perspective onto a country sharply divided along linguistic lines. The work is commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, Karachi Biennale and The Tetley, as part of the New North and South, and was developed during Aijaz’s ROSL Arts residency at Hospitalfield in Arbroath.

George Osodi was a photojournalist with Comet Newspaper in Lagos between 1999-2001, before joining the Associated Press News Agency in Lagos between 2001-2008. His photographs range between photojournalism and artistic documentary, covering topics from depictions of contemporary Nigerian monarchs through to injustices occurring in the Niger Delta over its natural resources. Osodi has been recognised as a leading documentary practitioner by many institutions, including Sony World Photography and Fuji Africa.

 

George Osodi, Nigerian Monarchs, 2016

 

Nigerian Monarchs is a series of large photographs depicting the regional rulers in the country. During colonial rule, the British implemented a centralised system of governance, which removed the authority of regional monarchs. The images depict the different personalities of the local rulers who have reclaimed some of their authority, as well as the extravagant regalia that now stand as symbols of an individual’s past power.

 

George Osodi, Nigerian Monarchs, 2016

 

Liverpool Biennial is the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK, with free exhibitions and events taking place across the city’s public spaces, galleries, museums and online. In 2018, the Biennial celebrates 20 years of presenting international art in the city and region.

Images:
Madiha Aijaz, Sehwan End of Moharram, 2016. Image courtesy the artist
Madiha Aijaz, These Silences Are All The Words (film still), 2017-2018. Image courtesy the artist
George Osodi, Nigerian Monarchs (HRH Shehu of Borno Empire Abubakar Umar Garbai El Kanemi), 2016. Image courtesy the artist

 

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world where are you? invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil. For this Biennial, we showcase two projects from international photographers. Madiha Aijaz (Karachi, Pakistan) and George Osodi (Lagos, Nigeria) present works charting shifts in community, culture and power. Both artists are producing work in countries with a colonial legacy, looking at systems of governance and cultural guidance following their reclamation of autonomy from Britain.

Madiha Aijaz is a filmmaker and photographer interested in cultural civic spaces and how we interact with them. She often photographs the railways, public libraries, study spaces and communities that have become peripheral to civic life. Her new film on show at Open Eye Gallery, These Silences Are All the Words, explores the public libraries of Karachi, Pakistan, against the backdrop of the changing landscape of the city.

 

Madiha Aijaz, These Silences Are All The Words (film still), 2017-2018. Image courtesy the artist

 

The film looks at how librarians and the library’s users reflect on the city outside the library’s walls. It focuses on the shift of language use from Urdu and its poetic and literary history, moving towards the ambition and individualism associated with English. Many of Aijaz’s works quietly offer a perspective onto a country sharply divided along linguistic lines. The work is commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, Karachi Biennale and The Tetley, as part of the New North and South, and was developed during Aijaz’s ROSL Arts residency at Hospitalfield in Arbroath.

George Osodi was a photojournalist with Comet Newspaper in Lagos between 1999-2001, before joining the Associated Press News Agency in Lagos between 2001-2008. His photographs range between photojournalism and artistic documentary, covering topics from depictions of contemporary Nigerian monarchs through to injustices occurring in the Niger Delta over its natural resources. Osodi has been recognised as a leading documentary practitioner by many institutions, including Sony World Photography and Fuji Africa.

 

George Osodi, Nigerian Monarchs, 2016

 

Nigerian Monarchs is a series of large photographs depicting the regional rulers in the country. During colonial rule, the British implemented a centralised system of governance, which removed the authority of regional monarchs. The images depict the different personalities of the local rulers who have reclaimed some of their authority, as well as the extravagant regalia that now stand as symbols of an individual’s past power.

 

George Osodi, Nigerian Monarchs, 2016

 

Liverpool Biennial is the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK, with free exhibitions and events taking place across the city’s public spaces, galleries, museums and online. In 2018, the Biennial celebrates 20 years of presenting international art in the city and region.

Images:
Madiha Aijaz, Sehwan End of Moharram, 2016. Image courtesy the artist
Madiha Aijaz, These Silences Are All The Words (film still), 2017-2018. Image courtesy the artist
George Osodi, Nigerian Monarchs (HRH Shehu of Borno Empire Abubakar Umar Garbai El Kanemi), 2016. Image courtesy the artist

 

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