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Home: Ukrainian Photography, UK Words @ New Adelphi

4 March - 8 March 2024

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CREATIVE SOCIAL: IN THE ABSENCE OF FORMAL GROUND

2 March 2024

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We Feed The UK @ Exterior Walls

8 February - 31 March 2024

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Contrail Cirrus: the impact of aviation on climate change

7 March 2024

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Tree Story @ Liverpool ONE

16 February 2024

Open Source #27: Saffron Lily – In The Absence of Formal Ground @ Digital Window Gallery

6 February - 6 March 2024

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Contemporary Photography from Ukraine: Symposium @University of Salford

4 March - 5 March 2024

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Is Anybody Listening? Symposium: Commissioning and Collecting Socially Engaged Photography

29 February 2024

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Different approaches: Artists working with scientists

15 February 2024

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LOOK Climate Lab 2024: All Events

18 January 2024

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Diesel & Dust @ Digital Window Gallery

18 January - 31 March 2024

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Tree Walks Of Sefton Park with Andrea Ku

21 January 2024

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Artists Remake the World by Vid Simoniti: Book Launch

31 January 2024

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Shift Liverpool Open Meeting

6 February 2024

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We Feed The UK Launch and LOOK Climate Lab 2024 Celebration

8 February 2024

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Cyanotype workshop with Melanie King

17 February 2024

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End of Empire: artist talk and discussion

22 February 2024

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Book Launch: What The Mine Gives, The Mine Takes

24 February 2024

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Local ecology in the post-industrial era: open discussion

14 March 2024

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Plant a seed. Seed sow and in conversation with Plot2Plate

16 March 2024

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Waterlands: creative writing workshop

23 March 2024

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Erosion: panel discussion

9 March 2024

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Waterlands: an evening of poetry and photographs

23 March 2024

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Force For Nature Exhibition

27 March - 28 March 2024

Voices of Nature: Interactive Performances

28 March 2024

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Sum of All Parts: Symposium

27 February 2024

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LOOK Climate Lab 2024

18 January - 31 March 2024

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MA Socially engaged photography Open Day event

1 February 2023

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Tish: Special screening and Q&A

13 December 2023

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Book Launch: A Look At A New Perspective

23 November 2023

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Community workshops @ Ellesmere Port Library

6 November - 5 February 2024

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Book Launch: ‘544m’ By Kevin Crooks

30 November 2023

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Bernice Mulenga @ Open Eye Gallery Atrium Space

17 November - 17 December 2023

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Bernice Mulenga: Artist Talk

18 November 2023

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Local Roots @ The Atkinson

14 October 2023

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Community @ Ellesmere Port Library

26 October - 11 April 2024

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Critique Surgery for Socially Engaged Photographers

6 November 2023

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Deeds Not Words: panel discussion

12 October 2023

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Deeds Not Words @ Atrium Space

3 October - 22 October 2023

Ode To Our Space @ Digital Window Gallery

29 September - 23 December 2023

A Look At A New Perspective @ Digital Window Gallery

29 September - 23 December 2023

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Book Launch: Crow Dark Dawn

19 October 2023

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Exhibition Launch: A Place of Our Own

28 September 2023

Reflections

12 September - 22 December 2023

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Sandra Suubi ‘Samba Gown’ Procession

9 September 2023

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A Place of Our Own

29 September - 22 December 2023

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POETRY BOOK LAUNCH: JACK BENNETT – LUNETTE

7 September 2023

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A Portrait of the High Street @ Prescot

31 August 2023

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Our Home. Our Place. Our Space. @ Walton

16 August - 2 October 2023

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Poetry Reading: Coast to Coast to Coast’s sixth Birthday!

16 September 2023

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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 & TAFETA

George Osodi, Nigerian Monarchs (HRM Princess Adetutu Adesida Regent of Akure Kingdom) , 2014. Image courtesy the artist & TAFETA

 

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 & TAFETA

George Osodi, Nigerian Monarchs (HRM Princess Adetutu Adesida Regent of Akure Kingdom) , 2014. Image courtesy the artist & TAFETA

 

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