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Black Obsidian Sound System B O S S The Only Good System is a Soundsystem 2021 Installation view at FACT Photo by Rob Battersby Courtesy of the artists

Liverpool Biennial 2021

Gallery 1, Ground Floor
Gallery 2, First Floor

FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ
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Part of the The Living Planet season

Returning to FACT for 2021, Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and the Port will look at the body and ways of connecting with the world. 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.

Works by Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S) - a collective established in 2018 by Kiera Coward-Deyell, Phoebe Collings-James, Evan Ifekoya, Onyeka Igwe, Shenece Liburd, Marcus Macdonald, Nadine Peters, Shamica Ruddock - and Zheng Bo will be exhibited at FACT, presenting alternative modes of belonging.

The works will reflect on different ways of understanding or connecting with the world, and each other, through our bodies, suggesting ways of coming together that go beyond our experience as individual humans, separate from each other and from nature.

Please be aware that Pteridophilia 1-5 contains explicit sexual activity, and is suitable only for those aged 15 and over. For more information please speak to a member of the FACT team.

Can't make it to the exhibition right now? Don't worry! Why not take a virtual tour of the exhibition online, from the comfort of your very own home. Navigate your way through the galleries, get up close and personal with artwork and discover Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and The Port remotely in 360°.

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 and Tate Liverpool.

Evan Ifekoya B O S S member A Score A Groove A Congregation 2019 Installation view at De Appel Amsterdam Photo Jimena Gauna


LightNight 2021


FACT invites you to explore the galleries after hours, with a chance to see new immersive artworks and a special DJ set.

Podcast: Black Obsidian Sound System - In Focus with TYGAPAW

Black Obsidian Sound System: In Focus with TYGAPAW is the first of two episodes of podcasts produced by Sable Radio with FACT and Liverpool Biennial to accompany the exhibition ‘The Only Good System is a Sound System’ by artist collective Black Obsidian Sound System.


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