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Agnès Varda, Ulysse (film still), 1982

Liverpool Biennial 2018

The 10th edition of Liverpool Biennial, 'Beautiful world, where are you?' invited artists and audiences to reflect on a world in social, political and economic turmoil.

Feature image: Agnès Varda, 'Ulysse' (film still), 1982

Part of the Summer 2018 season

FACT showcased new and existing works from two artist-filmmakers at very different stages of their career: Agnès Varda and Mohamed Bourouissa.

A new commission by artist Morehshin Allahyari is hosted online for Liverpool Biennial 2018. Allahyari’s project is co-commissioned with FACT and Whitney Museum of American Art.

If you travel to Liverpool only to see Agnès Varda’s film 'Ulysse' (1982) at FACT, you will not waste your time.

Rachel Cooke, The Observer

The artistic concept and title for 'Beautiful world, where are you?' derives from a 1788 poem by the German poet Friedrich Schiller, later set to music by Austrian composer Franz Schubert in 1819. The years between the composition of Schiller’s poem and Schubert’s song saw great upheaval and profound change in Europe, from the French Revolution to the fall of the Napoleonic Empire. Today the poem continues to suggest a world gripped by deep uncertainty; a world of social, political and environmental turmoil. It can be seen as a lament but also as an invitation to reconsider our past, advancing a new sense of beauty that might be shared in a more equitable way

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