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Radical Ancestry

In 2021 and 2022 we are exploring ideas of belonging. Radical Ancestry is a programme of exhibitions, projects, residencies, and events that look at how our sense of self is shaped by the histories, geographies, biology, and culture we inherit, and question how technology can help us to explore a new way of thinking and experimenting with who we are.

Developed over a number of years in collaboration with curators and artists, Radical Ancestry is made up of mostly new projects which reimagine notions of belonging. These artworks challenge categorisations, resist fixed interpretations, and redefine the ways we connect with and express our ever-changing identities.

Major new commissions include works by Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Yarli Allison, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Zinzi Minott, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind, Ebun Sodipo and Rae-Yen Song.

“zoe” (2021)

As part of major exhibition Future Ages Will Wonder, "zoe" (2021) is an installation environment with yarn, cloth, cotton, photographs and furniture recreating The Hunterian Museum and its collection.

Book of genealogy (2021)

This work features a sculptural lightbox displays photographs taken during his first visit to his ancestral hometown, alongside 20 encoded Chinese characters depicting the generational names recorded in his family’s book of genealogy.

1620 (2020)

In 1620, Trisha Baga deploys approaches used in sci-fi filmmaking and speculative fiction to explore the mythology of Plymouth Rock.

I'll be back! (2022)

Created for her FACT Together 2021 commission, Hope Strickland presents I'll be back! (2022) explores Black metamorphosis alongside institutional collecting practices and colonial violences

Harton Moor (2022)

Harton Moor is an animated guided tour of a 1970’s council estate in South Shields, presented as an idealised architectural model set against the personal narrative of a child resident, Jessica.

Orun-rere - Swarm Prototype 4 (2022)

SWARM is a social experiment: a radical reprogramming of the senses to remove binary thinking from sight and listening. A game where communication directly affects the environment, our bodies and our future.

Songs for living (2021)

In Songs for living, the ghosts of our ancestors reconnect with life in a desire to heal following personal loss and ecological upheaval. Artist Korakrit Arunanondchai collaborates with cinematographer Alex Gvojic to create a collage of visual languages and musical styles which weave together stories of grief, transformation, and spiritual power.

Highlights

Trisha Baga 1620 2020 Image by Rob Battersby Installation view at FACT WEB RES

Exhibition

Future Ages Will Wonder

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FACT

Future Ages Will Wonder presents an 'alternative museum' of artworks that use science and technology to question our past and offer new ways of understanding who we are and where we belong.

Vicky Truong Our Elders Foods Tools To Transform May 2021

Workshop

Tools to Transform

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Online

Join us for an online workshop responding to different understandings and approaches to heritage, ancestry and questions of belonging.

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Festival

Lunar New Year Celebrations

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FACT

Join for a weekend of Lunar New Year celebrations! Get stuck in with two days of activities where the artwork spills out of the galleries through family friendly tours and workshops with food, storytelling, making and music.

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Tour

Curator Tour

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FACT

Join Annie Jael Kwan, curator of exhibition, Future Ages Will Wonder, for a special guided tour of works by 9 international artists and artist groups.

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Performance

Yellow Furry Lullaby

FACT

Artist collective Breakwater of Youngsook Choi and Taey Iohe present a powerful storytelling performance that brings awareness to the historical trauma of Chinese indentured labour. Join us in the gallery after hours for this intimate performance that takes the form of a healing ritual.

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Tour

Alternative Heritage Walks

FACT

Join Future Ages Will Wonder artist Yarli Allison on an alternative heritage tour of Liverpool, retracing Chinatown's historical streets.

Vicky Truong Our Elders Foods Tools To Transform May 2021

Workshop

World Wide Wontons

FACT

Join us for a cooking workshop where we will be learning to make tang yuan, a Chinese and Vietnamese dessert that is often eaten as a symbol of family togetherness and union in celebration of Lunar New Year.

Korakrit Arunanondchai and Alex Gvojic Songs for living 2021 Installation view at FACT Image by Rob Battersby WEB RES 25

Exhibition

Let the Song Hold Us

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FACT

An exhibition of new immersive artworks that explore how music and song bring together the family and collective histories we inherit. Featuring Korakrit Arunanondchai, Zinzi Minott, Larissa Sansour, Søren Lind, Tessa Norton, Ebun Sodipo and Rae-Yen Song.

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Events, Performance

Let the Song Hold Us Opening

FACT

Join us to celebrate the opening of a brand new exhibition, Let the Song Hold Us. With free drinks, a first look at the exhibition and a performative activation of Ebun Sodipo’s newly commissioned artwork.

Do Something Saturdays

Workshop, Families

Do Something Saturdays

FACT

Bring your family along to Do Something Saturdays and kickstart your weekend with free and fun activities inspired by our current exhibition.

Do Something Saturdays

Workshop, Families

Do Something Saturdays

FACT

Bring your family along to Do Something Saturdays and kickstart your weekend with free and fun activities inspired by our current exhibition.

Zinzi Minott Fi Dem V 2022 Installation view at FACT Image by Rob Battersby WEB RES61

Talk

Artist Talk + Q&A with Zinzi Minott

FACT

Join exhibiting artist Zinzi Minott in conversation with Maitreyi Maheshwari, Head of Programme at FACT, as they unpack Zinzi’s practice and the most recent iteration of her Fi Dem series, commissioned as part of exhibition Let the Song Hold Us.

Do Something Saturdays

Workshop, Families

Do Something Saturdays

FACT

Bring your family along to Do Something Saturdays and kickstart your weekend with free and fun activities inspired by our current exhibition.

Do Something Saturdays

Workshop, Families

Do Something Saturdays

FACT

Bring your family along to Do Something Saturdays and kickstart your weekend with free and fun activities inspired by our current exhibition.

Do Something Saturdays

Workshop, Families

Do Something Saturdays

FACT

Bring your family along to Do Something Saturdays and kickstart your weekend with free and fun activities inspired by our current exhibition.

Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind As If No Misfortune Had Occurred In The Night 2022 Installation view at FACT Image by Rob Battersby WEB RES 9

Performance

Arabic Opera Performance

Offsite

Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind present a live performance of their breathtaking new Arabic-language opera. Performed to an audience for the first time by Palestinian soprano Nour Darwish, you are invited to immerse yourself in an unforgettable operatic experience at the brand new state-of-the-art Tung Auditorium.

Do Something Saturdays

Workshop, Families

Do Something Saturdays

FACT

Bring your family along to Do Something Saturdays and kickstart your weekend with free and fun activities inspired by our current exhibition.

Sian Fan Spirit Corp 2019 Courtesy of the artist

Exhibition

My Garden, My Sanctuary

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FACT

Coming soon: My Garden, My Sanctuary is a collection of new, immersive artworks by Yaloo and Sian Fan - two artists using creative technology to tell stories of ancestry and self-discovery in a hyperconnected world.

Latest articles

Podcast: Gaining Ground with Larry Achiampong and David Blandy

Welcome to the third and final episode of our podcast series, Gaining Ground, hosted by our curator-in-residence, Annie Jael Kwan. In this episode, Annie chats with artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy whose work is on display at FACT for exhibition, Future Ages Will Wonder.

by Gina Schwarz

Larry Achiampong and David Blandy Dust to Data 2021 Image by Rob Battersby Installation view at FACT WEB RES 3

Podcast: Gaining Ground with Breakwater of Youngsook Choi and Taey Iohe

Welcome to the second episode of our new podcast series, Gaining Ground, hosted by our curator-in-residence, Annie Jael Kwan. In this episode, Annie chats with artists Youngsook Choi and Taey Iohe of Breakwater whose work is on display at FACT for exhibition, Future Ages Will Wonder.

by Gina Schwarz

Breakwater Fermented Flower 2021 Image by Rob Battersby Installation view at FACT WEB RES 3

Virtual Tour: Future Ages Will Wonder

Explore a virtual tour of Future Ages Will Wonder, a major group exhibition that presents an “alternative museum” of artworks that use science and technology to question our past and offer new ways of understanding who we are and where we belong.

by Jess Fairclough

Yarli Allison Cigarette Cards Ethnic Chinese Seafarers in Britain 1900s 2021 Image by Drew Forsyth

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Welcome to the first episode of our new podcast series, Gaining Ground, hosted by our curator-in-residence, Annie Jael Kwan. In this first episode, Annie chats with artists Yarli Allison and Boedi Widjaja whose work is on display at FACT for exhibition, Future Ages Will Wonder.

by Jess Fairclough

Boedi Widjaja A Tree 记因 基亿 2021 Image by Rob Battersby Installation view at FACT WEB RES

Blog: Exploring Liverpool's old Chinatown in Future Ages Will Wonder

Future Ages Will Wonder, a major exhibition of works by nine UK and international artists is now open at FACT. Explore an ‘alternative museum’ that includes a reconstruction of Liverpool’s old Chinatown and tells the stories of its lost Chinese sailors who were abruptly repatriated following World War II.

by Josh Barrow

Yarli Allison In 1875 We Met At the Docks of Liverpool 於梨花埠遇上 2021 Image by Drew Forsyth

Listen: I’ve got the power!

For Framework for Trust, artist in residence Tessa Norton and artist Shonagh Short have produced a podcast by exchanging voice notes.

by Josh Barrow

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Watch: As yet untitled

Linda Stupart and Ayesha Tan Jones have collaborated to share how they can make work together, whilst they are apart

by Josh Barrow

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Listen: In both trickles and floods

Reaching across time zones and geographical regions, artist in residence Angela YT Chan and curator Annie Jael Kwan, have co-created an experimental audio work that explores their shared fascination with liquidity.

by Josh Barrow

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