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Liverpool Biennial Trip

Lee Mingwei's The Mending Project - where visitors are asked to bring items of clothing or sentimental objects (e.g. teddy bears) to be mended by hand. The stitching is visible with bright coloured threads, that are attached to the wall, to create a network. It reflects on the theme of community and the main theme of 'touched'. Each item has a tag to tell us what the item is and who it belonged to, as well as their profession.

A fluffy toy of a lamb with visible coloured stitching around its neck.

The Souvenir Palace created by Meschac Gaba. A large room filled with everyday objects and souvenirs, such as flashlights, piggy banks and plastic sandals.

A child-sized 'conference table'! The objective of this room was to function as a trading post where people would bring their personal items to be painted and swapped for painted items on display. However we were told that this trading had stopped. The focus was on national identity and the mass-production of everyday items, as well as souvenirs.

A short film of a fireworks display with the words 'Recession', as if to celebrate it.

The exhibition is presented in an empty shop called Rapid which was an old DIY store on Renshaw Street (as you can see by the remains of promotion posters scattered across the building). It had a vast amount of floor space, but the remains of the old DIY store made the building quite haunting.

Me in the painted room and mirrored ceiling of Sky Gazers (?) by NS Harsha.
"The projection of our expectations and hopes is reflected by a mirrored ceiling, which suggests that whatever happens in future – rather than being dictated by faith, destiny or other uncontrollable forces – mainly lies in our own hands." (Lorenzo Fusi explaining Harsha's creation:

One of sky gazers are wearing the Biennial badge!

Tate Liverpool - my first visit to this gallery!

Erm... no photographs allowed but I did take a sneaky shot. Tales of the Living Room by Eva Kot'átková. She invited children from Liverpool's Faith Primary School and the elderly people of the community to create a series of installations at the Tate. This included diagrams, illustrations, installations of classroom and a child's bedroom environment. It investigated the relationship of people and their surroundings, personal space, as well as everyday situations and actions. I enjoyed the classroom installation as there was a sense of nostalgia of early learning which, in some ways, relates to my current project of nostalgia, fact/fiction of my paper science lab.

This interesting boat/bus had the little Biennial logo of the wolf on its side.

After visiting several exhibitions around Liverpool I approached the Walker Gallery near Lime Street Station. I enjoyed this little quirk in one of the display cases of what we keep in our pockets in the past. I liked how they sneaked a mobile phone within the display to remind us that we generally keep phones in our pockets. I thought it was quite humorous as well as informative.

The Biennial is worth a visit, so check it out next year if you have the chance, but also Liverpool itself is a fantastic city!

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POSTED WITH LOVE BY Beverly Cottrell ON Friday, 5 November 2010 @ 17:54
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