Liverpool Biennial 2018: Agnès Varda, Mohamed Bourouissa & Morehshin Allahyari

  • 14 July 2018 - 28 October 2018


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


Within this context, FACT showcases 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 will be hosted online for Liverpool Biennial 2018. Allahyari’s project is co-commissioned with FACT and Whitney Museum of American Art.

Liverpool Biennial is the UK biennial of contemporary art. Taking place over 15 weeks across the city in public spaces, galleries, museums and online, the Biennial commissions artists from around the world to make and present work in the context of Liverpool. The 10th edition titled Beautiful world, where are you? invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world in social, political and economic turmoil. 


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. 


The Biennial programme is presented in locations across Liverpool including public spaces and the city’s leading art venues: Bluecoat, FACT, Open Eye Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University’s Exhibition Research Lab, National Museums Liverpool, RIBA North, the Liverpool Playhouse, Victoria Gallery & Museum (University of Liverpool), and Blackburne House.

Also on show during Liverpool Biennial 2018 are partner exhibitions John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery, Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Liverpool John Moores University's Liverpool School of Art & Design, and the Biennial Fringe. 

Liverpool Biennial 2018 will celebrate 20 years of presenting international art in the city and region. It is also part of Liverpool 2018, a thrilling year-long programme which celebrates the city's culture and creativity a decade on from European Capital of Culture.


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Image 1: Paul Elliman, Beautiful world, where are you?, 2017

Image 2: Agnès Varda, Ulysse (film still), 1982

Image 3: Mohamed Bourouissa, Horse Day (film still), 2014-15. Courtesy of the artist and Kamel Mennour, Paris/London

Beautiful world, where are you?
£18.95, 320 pages
Available from our information desk in the foyer.


The accompanying publication Beautiful world, where are you? is published as part of Liverpool Biennial 2018. The book gives another medium for artists and contributors to respond to this timely question, offering the pages as a place to reflect, educate and invigorate. Designed as a non-hierarchal platform, the book explores ideas around language, gender, migration, histories, economics, music, technology and environment.


Including texts by Lucy Ash, John Bridgeland and Sylvia Earle, Eugenia Cheng, Sophie Collins, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Inua Ellams, Geoffrey Farmer, Candice Hopkins, Kenric McDowell, Gerald McMaster, David Suzuki, Imre Szeman, Rufus Wainwright and contributions from the Liverpool Biennial 2018 artists.


Published by Art Books Publishing Ltd