Liverpool Biennial is back for its tenth edition, filling gallery spaces and more surprising venues across the port city with international contemporary art until 28 October. Its title, Beautiful World, Where Are You?, was chosen as “a call to artists and audiences to reflect on a world in social, political and economic turmoil”, says the biennial’s director, Sally Tallant. Organised in the wake of the 2016 Brexit referendum (in which Liverpool voted Remain), the biennial opened on 14 July, amidst mass protests against President Trump’s UK visit. But the works on show, by more than 40 artists from 22 countries, often deviate from the politically-charged curatorial manifesto, unfolding across the 16 venues in far more open-ended, personal and optimistic ways. With several lengthy films in the mix, expect to spend at least two days getting the measure of them all. Around 30 works are new commissions; here, we pick out five of the highlights, from an unlikely homage to English morris dancers to a community garden of “migrant” plants.
In pictures: five of the best new commissions at Liverpool Biennial 2018
Theme of tenth edition invokes turmoil of global politics, but artists react in individual ways
18 July 2018