A Year of Treats for the Eye & Mind as Liverpool Biennale Tours North of England

The second iteration of the Liverpool Biennial touring exhibition programme, which will bring works by leading international artists commissioned and presented at the 2018 festival of contemporary art to spaces across the North of England in 2019, has been announced.

The featured artists are: Madiha Aijaz, Mohamed Bourouissa, Aslan Gaisumov, Inci Eviner, Holly Hendry, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Janice Kerbel, Taus Makhacheva, Annie Pootoogook, Reetu Sattar.

The seven partner organisations are: Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre (Bury), Humber Street Gallery (Hull), In-Situ (Pendle), Super Slow Way (Burnley), The Tetley (Leeds), Touchstones Rochdale (Rochdale), The Turnpike (Leigh).

The touring programme is supported with National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring fund.


Humber Street Gallery
Inci Eviner / Suki Seokyeong Kang / Annie Pootoogook
18 January – 31 March 2019

Humber Street Gallery will be taken over by three artists working in different mediums. Inci Eviner’s film installation Reenactment of Heaven reflects on ideas of religion and authority, specifically addressing the place of women in heaven and rejecting the role consigned to them in societies dominated by the male gaze. Land Sand Strand is a multi-part installation by Suki Seokyeong Kang consisting of painting, sculpture and video, and conceived as a visual translation of the Korean musical notation ‘Jeongganbo’. Annie Pootoogook’s drawings challenge traditional notions of Inuit art, instead depicting the realities of daily life as she saw it – from hunting and watching television, to intimate personal moments and scenes of domestic violence.

The Turnpike
Mohamed Bourouissa
16 February – 25 March 2019

The centrepiece of The Turnpike’s presentation is Horse Day – a film by Mohamed Bourouissa in which the artist stages and documents an equestrian event focusing on a North Philadelphia community’s efforts at neighbourhood revitalisation. With a strong collaborative sensibility, Bourouissa embeds himself within the community, examining how society is structured and how social processes are activated.

Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre
Aslan Gaisumov / Janice Kerbel
23 February – 4 May 2019

On display at Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre will be works by two artists. In the Moving Image Gallery, visitors will findKeicheyuhea, Aslan Gaisumov’s critically acclaimed film reflecting on the struggles and turbulent histories of the Chechen people. In the adjacent room is Fight, a series of silkscreen posters by Janice Kerbel, where the artist has recorded and represented through text the actions of a choreographed unarmed fight on human-sized sheets of paper.

Madiha Aijaz
8 – 30 June 2019
Brierfield and Nelson

In-Situ will present film works by Madiha Aijaz in the public setting of Nelson Library. Her film These Silences Are All the Wordsexplores the public libraries of Karachi, Pakistan against the backdrop of the city’s changing landscape. Other films and photography by Aijaz, shown at In-Situ’s new space in Brierfield, will similarly offer a perspective on a country sharply divided along linguistic lines. Aijaz will also undertake a residency working with communities from Brierfield and Nelson.

Super Slow Way
Reetu Sattar
8 – 30 June 2019

Super Slow Way is bringing Reetu Satar’s film Harano Sur (Lost Tune) to Thompson Park in Burnley. The work focuses on the harmonium, a musical instrument that is tightly integrated into the traditional culture of Bangladesh but is in danger of disappearing. The artist uses the sustained droning sounds of the harmonium as a way to explore the violence and social upheaval that have recently affected Bangladesh and as a wider metaphor for issues of cultural control, diasporas and partition. Sattar will also undertake a residency in Burnley over Summer 2019, the outcome of which will be shown as part of the British Textile Biennial in Autumn 2019.

Touchstones Rochdale
Annie Pootoogook
13 July – September 2019

In Touchstones Rochdale, a presentation of drawings by Annie Pootoogook will challenge conventional expectations of Inuit art. Pootoogook’s drawings serve as a diary of the artist’s life and chronicle the everyday events of modern Inuit life in the small community of Kinngait, Cape Dorset as she saw it. Immediate and direct in style, they depict poignant moments of emotion or violence in intimate domestic environments.

The Tetley
Holly Hendry / Taus Makhacheva
22 June 2019 – 13 October 2019 (Holly Hendry)
31 January 2020 – 3 May 2020 (Taus Makhacheva)

The Tetley will host Holly Hendry’s large-scale public artwork and works by Taus Makhacheva as part of a wider solo exhibition. Made from large sections of Glass Reinforced Concrete, Cenotaph by Holly Hendry reflects the artist’s interest in the underground architecture of cities, their circulation systems and hidden histories. The installation will be on display outside the Tetley inaugurating the Hunslet Stray, owned by Vastint UK who are developing the surrounding Brewery site. First presented at Liverpool Biennial 2018, ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) Spa by Taus Makhacheva is a ruin-like sculptural and video installation that also serves as a fully-functioning spa. On selected dates, visitors will be invited to book onto a special facial treatment. Also included in the wider exhibition will be Makhacheva’s film Tightrope.


Image Credit Suki Seokyeong Kang, Land Sand Strand, photo: Rob Battersby