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Digital Window Gallery: Tabitha Jussa

17 September - 6 November 2021

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Collective Matters

1 October - 12 December 2021

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Polly Braden: Holding The Baby

30 September - 31 October 2021

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Open Rooms #16: Agency of Women

23 September 2021

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PLATFORM ISSUE 04: CROSSROADS

10 September 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Our Lands

23 August - 19 September 2021

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Imagining Disaster: Essay Series

30 August 2021

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Rivers of the World

6 September 2021

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Instagram Residency: Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

30 August - 5 September 2021

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PLATFORM: Issue 4 Launch Party

10 September 2021

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Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction

2 September 2021

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Open Rooms #15: Common Ground

8 September 2021

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Launch Party: One Day At A Time

19 August 2021

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Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray

9 September 2021

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Sam Batley: ONE DAY AT A TIME

18 August - 19 September 2021

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VR: Wirral Hospitals’ School and MaxLiteracy Award

10 June - 3 September 2021

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Return To Nature

30 July 2021

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VR: First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May - 4 July 2021

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We Are Nature

30 July - 14 August 2021

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Liverpool Arab Arts Festival — Jessica El Mal: Grounds For Concern

16 July - 15 August 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Who We Are

8 July - 31 July 2021

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Whose Land Is It?

8 July - 19 September 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: Youth Culture by Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: Arc with Hugh Baird

16 June - 20 June 2021

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First Light: Photography Writing Now – Tilt Launch Party

9 July 2021

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OPEN ROOMS #14: Separated Together

24 June 2021

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23 June - 27 June 2021

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Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

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Student Exhibitions: Arc

16 June - 20 June 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: HOMETOWNS

10 June 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Postcards from us x

10 June - 20 June 2021

LightNight 2021: Play

21 May 2021

Heavy Gardening Art Trail Photowalk

21 May 2021

OPEN ROOMS #13: A BALKAN JOURNEY WITH CHRIS LESLIE

17 June 2021

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First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May 2021

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Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

3 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Interior Tension

22 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Networked Beings

8 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Things Are Strange

25 May 2021

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OPEN ROOMS #12: INDEPENDENTS BIENNIAL

6 May 2021

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Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port

19 May - 6 June 2021

Picturing England’s High Streets: Prescot

7 April 2021

Picturing England’s High Street: Chester

7 April 2021

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Reclaim The City: Suzanne St Clare

8 April 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Parallel Histories

11 May 2021

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First Light Spotlight: After Nature

27 April 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Unearthly Matter

13 April 2021

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Hanging out: Interviews

23 March - 5 April 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Independents Biennial

18 March - 6 June 2021

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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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