A Very International Festival: Liverpool’s Biennial Returns for 2023

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, 'Sinner Gaet Ready', Galerie Lelong, NY. Image Galerie Lelong, NY
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, 'Sinner Gaet Ready', Galerie Lelong, NY. Image Galerie Lelong, NY

Liverpool Biennial

From: 10 Jun 2023

To: 17 Sep 2023


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The 12th edition of Liverpool Biennial – the UK’s largest festival of contemporary visual art – is making a return to the city’s public spaces, galleries and museums. A dynamic international programme of free exhibitions, performances, screenings, community and learning activities and fringe events takes place over a 14-week period, showcasing Liverpool’s vibrant cultural scene.

The title for 2023’s edition is uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things and addresses the history and temperament of the city of Liverpool, and a call for ancestral and indigenous forms of knowledge, wisdom and healing – in the isiZulu language, uMoya means spirit, breath, air, climate and wind.

Tate Liverpool is making a significant contribution to the festival, with displays by artists exploring the space between life and death, and ways of working through ancestral pain towards healing; highlighted artists in a truly international programme include Afro-Brazilian Isabel do Rosário, Edgar Calel, who grew up in Guatemala, American Torkwase Dyson, UK-based Lubaina Himid, and, from an intercontinental background, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, whose work is pictured.

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