In the 19th century Liverpool emerged as central to the cotton trade and by the early 20th century it held the largest single stock of cotton in the world. This former Cotton Exchange is symbolic of this moment in the city’s economy and societal history; the building is explicitly and integrally tied to a time when wealth and economic prosperity depended upon enforced movement of people, enslavement, trade and labour.
The works gathered here address the long-term impacts of the mass and forced dispersion of African people in different American contexts: Colombia, Brazil and the United States. They do so in a number of different ways – from critical viewpoints of the effects of racialisation of humans as a tool for domination, through to building forms of resistance and empowerment across borders.
This exhibition will run until 27th June.
Liverpool Biennial 2021 explores notions of the body. Drawing on non-Western ways of thinking, the 11th edition challenges 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. A plethora of artistic practices inform this edition: many of the artworks include sound, shun direct representation, de-stabilise gender categories or look at intense forms of contact. Liverpool, and its maritime history as a point of global contact and circulation, provides the perfect ecosystem to situate these enquiries.
Image credit: Invernomuto & Jim C. Nedd, Grito – Las Brisas de Febrero (video still), 2021. Courtesy of the artists
Take a taxi ride into an alternate world within the city of Liverpool, where the Cumbian beat of Latin American music intersects with primordial forces.
You can experience Erick Beltrán’s Superposition (2021) by booking a special ComCab Taxis on 0151 298 2222 (normal phone and taxi rates apply). Available throughout Liverpool Biennial, the full Superposition commission, combining lights and music alongside the graphic designs, can be experienced across 5 taxis, while on display across the tip-seats of an additional 30 taxis are Beltrán’s graphic designs, complete with QR codes providing access to the accompanying audio.
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