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Liverpool Biennial 2020

The Stomach and the Port

The Stomach and the Port will look at the body and ways of connecting with the world. Returning to FACT for 2020, Liverpool Biennial will explore notions of the body. Drawing on non-Western ways of thinking, The Stomach and the Port will challenge an understanding of the individual as a defined, self-sufficient entity. The body is instead seen as a fluid organism that is continuously shaped by and shaping its environment. Liverpool’s dynamic as a historical international port city – a point of global contact and circulation – provides the perfect ecosystem in which to situate these enquiries.

More than 50 international artists have been invited to respond to the theme within the context of Liverpool, including Lamin Fofana, Jadé Fadojutimi, Sonia Gomes, Camille Henrot, Rashid Johnson, Linder, Haroon Mirza, and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané.

Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s largest festival of contemporary visual art. Taking over historic buildings, unexpected spaces and art galleries, the Biennial has been transforming the city through art for over two decades. A dynamic programme of free exhibitions, performances, screenings and fringe events unfolds over the 15 weeks, shining a light on the city’s vibrant cultural scene.

The Biennial programme will be presented in locations across Liverpool, including public spaces, historic sites and the city’s leading art venues: Bluecoat, FACT, Open Eye Gallery, Tate Liverpool and Victoria Gallery & Museum. New for 2020, Liverpool Biennial’s reach will also expand to the city’s historic Fabric District and beyond.

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