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Student Exhibitions: Whitby High School

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

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

Digital Window Gallery: Postcards from us x

10 June - 20 June 2021

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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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First Light Spotlight: Interior Tension

22 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Networked Beings

8 June 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: 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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First Light Spotlight: Corrupted Archives

30 March 2021

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First Light Spotlight – Connecting new photography with writing

16 March 2021

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OPEN ROOMS #11: ON THE CORNERS OF ARGYLE AND GLENWOOD – PHOTOBOOK IN COLLABORATION

11 March 2021

Freelance Photographer in Residence Position

23 February 2021

Family Page

23 February 2021

About Alternative Lens

23 February 2021

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Introducing Energy House

23 February 2021

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Open Rooms #10: All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

25 February 2021

The Course

12 February 2021

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PLATFORM ISSUE 3: HOPE

12 February 2021

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OPEN CALL: THE STORY OF LIVERPOOL THROUGH ITS TREES

1 January - 30 April 2021

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OPEN CALL: HOMETOWNS

11 February - 31 March 2021

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WHAT WE DO IN LOCKDOWN

5 January 2021

HYPERTEXT: Books Beyond Bars – Felix McNulty in conversation with Sarah Jane Baker

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Ruth White – The Role of the Photobook in Representing the British Working Classes

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Yasmine Akim ‘Decolonise art schools & showcase the agency of marginalised people’

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Jason Evans – Sound & Vision

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: ROOT-ed Zine – Our Experience of Navigating through Arts and Media as People of Colour

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Present and Continuous Q&A with Liz Wewiora and the Many Hands Craft Collective

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Rose Nordin of OOMK in conversation with Kerol Izwan of Musotrees

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Jade Montserrat in conversation with Nikita Gill

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Sam Hutchinson in conversation with Aram Sabbah of Skatepal

28 November 2020

Get Involved: The Story of Liverpool City Region Through Its Trees

24 November 2020

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Home Turf: Fans, Foodbanks and Photography

17 December 2020

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Scottie Press: Digital Residency

7 December - 11 December 2020

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Tell It Like It Is: Ian Clegg and Laura Robertson in Conversation

20 November 2020

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VR: L— A City Through Its People

5 November - 7 March 2020

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Peer to Peer HK/UK — Lee Wing Ki: Night Walk (an excerpt)

16 November - 30 November 2020

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Peer to Peer: UK / HK

11 November 2020

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Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

THURSDAY 3 JUNE / 6PM / ZOOM / BOOK HERE

Join Open Eye Gallery for a special book club event to compliment The Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and The Port. We will be reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and discussing it in relation to our exhibiting works by Zineb Sedira and Alberta Whittle.

Homegoing, published in 2016, follows the descendants of two half-sisters born in eighteenth century Ghana whose paths diverge as a result of the colonial project: One, Effia, is married to a British official in a familial trade deal, cementing her family’s status in the colonial nation of the Gold Coast. Her sister, Esi, is captured by raiders and transported to America to be sold into slavery. As Effia’s descendants journey through British colonisation and the battles amongst Fante and Asante nations towards an independent Ghana, Esi’s descendants wrestle with the development of the new diasporic nation of America and the identity of black folk within it.

Tracing three hundred years of history, Homegoing explores the fragmented and yet intertwined lives of both sisters’ descendants on each side of the Atlantic, journeying through both American and Ghanaian history and exposing the generational scars and cultural impact the transatlantic slave trade still has on the world we live in today.

The artists exhibiting at Open Eye Gallery as part of The Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port explore similar themes in their work. Zineb Sedira’s works, from her Sugar Routes (2013) series, recount the history of transoceanic slavery and forced migration through photographic prints depicting sugar extracted from different parts of the world and housed in a modern warehouse in Marseille. Juxtaposed with two sculptures of an anchor and propeller made from cane sugar found in the French silo, the works act as a metaphor for migration and diaspora.

Alberta Whittle’s film, between a whisper and a cry (2019), is based on Barbadian poet and historian Kamau Brathwaite’s (1930–2020) idea of tidalectics, a way of thinking about the world and identity that draws on oceans and movement, rather than being fixed in a specific country or place. Weather is an important visual and audio element of the film, referencing the legacy of colonial extraction as the starting point for present-day climate instability in the Caribbean, while drawing parallels with the exploitation inherent within the contemporary tourist industry.

We are inviting you to join us for our special book club session, where we will examine Homegoing’s themes of belonging, place, memory, identity and resilience in relation to our two exhibiting artists, their excavations of the long-lasting legacy of the slave trade, and a movement towards healing and nurturing for future generations. We encourage book club goers to have read the book and visited The Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and The Port in our gallery or virtually, however it is not essential to join the discussion.

More about The Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port

THURSDAY 3 JUNE / 6PM / ZOOM / BOOK HERE

Join Open Eye Gallery for a special book club event to compliment The Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and The Port. We will be reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and discussing it in relation to our exhibiting works by Zineb Sedira and Alberta Whittle.

Homegoing, published in 2016, follows the descendants of two half-sisters born in eighteenth century Ghana whose paths diverge as a result of the colonial project: One, Effia, is married to a British official in a familial trade deal, cementing her family’s status in the colonial nation of the Gold Coast. Her sister, Esi, is captured by raiders and transported to America to be sold into slavery. As Effia’s descendants journey through British colonisation and the battles amongst Fante and Asante nations towards an independent Ghana, Esi’s descendants wrestle with the development of the new diasporic nation of America and the identity of black folk within it.

Tracing three hundred years of history, Homegoing explores the fragmented and yet intertwined lives of both sisters’ descendants on each side of the Atlantic, journeying through both American and Ghanaian history and exposing the generational scars and cultural impact the transatlantic slave trade still has on the world we live in today.

The artists exhibiting at Open Eye Gallery as part of The Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port explore similar themes in their work. Zineb Sedira’s works, from her Sugar Routes (2013) series, recount the history of transoceanic slavery and forced migration through photographic prints depicting sugar extracted from different parts of the world and housed in a modern warehouse in Marseille. Juxtaposed with two sculptures of an anchor and propeller made from cane sugar found in the French silo, the works act as a metaphor for migration and diaspora.

Alberta Whittle’s film, between a whisper and a cry (2019), is based on Barbadian poet and historian Kamau Brathwaite’s (1930–2020) idea of tidalectics, a way of thinking about the world and identity that draws on oceans and movement, rather than being fixed in a specific country or place. Weather is an important visual and audio element of the film, referencing the legacy of colonial extraction as the starting point for present-day climate instability in the Caribbean, while drawing parallels with the exploitation inherent within the contemporary tourist industry.

We are inviting you to join us for our special book club session, where we will examine Homegoing’s themes of belonging, place, memory, identity and resilience in relation to our two exhibiting artists, their excavations of the long-lasting legacy of the slave trade, and a movement towards healing and nurturing for future generations. We encourage book club goers to have read the book and visited The Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and The Port in our gallery or virtually, however it is not essential to join the discussion.

More about The Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port

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