Our full exhibition programme is now closed, but visitors can still enjoy groundbreaking art in person at FACT and Bluecoat until August & September.
In the 19th century Liverpool emerged as central to the cotton trade and by the early 20th century it held the largest single stock of cotton in the world. This former Cotton Exchange is symbolic of this moment in the city’s economy and societal history; the building is explicitly and integrally tied to a time when wealth and economic prosperity depended upon enforced movement of people, enslavement, trade and labour. The works gathered here addressed the long-term impacts of the mass and forced dispersion of African people in different American contexts: Colombia, Brazil and the United States. Doing so in many different ways – from critical viewpoints of the effects of racialisation of humans as a tool for domination, through to building forms of resistance and empowerment across borders.
The Liverpool Biennial exhibition at Cotton Exchange closed on 27 June.