Artists Announced for Liverpool Biennial 2018

Heague Yang, An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds, 2016. Photo: Filipe Braga

Ryan Gander, Tell my mother not to worry, 2012. Image courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Ken Adlard

Robert Cuoghi, The Imitation of Christ, 2017. Photo: Alessandra Sofia

Agne?s Varda, Ulysses (film still), 1982. Image courtesy the artist

Duane Linklater, My brother in law, my sister, 2014. Image courtesy Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. Photo: SITE Photography

Heague Yang, An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds, 2016. Photo: Filipe Braga

Liverpool Biennial, the UK biennial of contemporary art, is delighted to announce the first list of international artists selected for its 10th edition in 2018. Celebrating 20 years of presenting international art in the city and region, Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you? invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil. It takes place from 14 July – 28 October 2018.

The announced artists are:

Madiha Aijaz
Abbas Akhavan
Francis Alÿs
Ei Arakawa
Kevin Beasley
Mohamed Bourouissa
Banu Cennetoglu
Roberto Cuoghi
Shannon Ebner
Paul Elliman
Inci Eviner
Aslan Gaisumov
Ryan Gander
Joseph Grigely
Holly Hendry
Lamia Joreige
Brian Jungen
Janice Kerbel
Duane Linklater
Mae-ling Lokko
Taus Makhacheva
Ari Benjamin Meyers
Naeem Mohaiemen
Paulina Olowska
George Osodi
Silke Otto-Knapp
Mathias Poledna
Annie Pootoogook †
Reetu Sattar
Suki Seokyeong Kang
Iacopo Seri
The Serving Library
Agnès Varda
Joyce Wieland †
Haegue Yang
Rehana Zaman

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. Commissioning partners include Chisenhale Gallery, Dhaka Art Summit, Hospitalfield, Karachi Biennial, The Liverpool BID Company, ROSL Arts, The Tetley, and Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

Liverpool Biennial 2018 is curated by Kitty Scott (Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario) and Sally Tallant (Director, Liverpool Biennial) with the Liverpool Biennial team: Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey (Head of Production and International Projects), Sinéad McCarthy (Curator), Polly Brannan (Education Curator), and Joasia Krysa (Head of Research).

Also on show during Liverpool Biennial 2018 are partner exhibitions John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery and Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Liverpool John Moores University’s Liverpool School of Art & Design. The Biennial Fringe programme will be published in 2018.

Find out more about the 2018 artists

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you? runs from 14 July – 28 October 2018. Press and professional previews will take place on 12 – 13 July 2018.