The artists gathered in this venue question what we consider a body to be and what it might mean to be human. Ostensibly, a straightforward notion – yet our answers are often drawn from an historical Western assumption of the body as that of a white heterosexual male. ‘Universal’ understandings such as this structurally shape the way we think of bodies, and humans – often in binary terms. For example, the body is often understood as a border between the internal self and the external world. Dualisms such as mind/body are integrated into the fabric of Western thinking, making it difficult to imagine experience outside of these constraints. Another example is the opposition between male/female and associated stereotypes, where a female’s identity is often regarded as more entangled in her bodily existence – more biological and less rational. These characteristics are also attributed to colonised and racialised bodies. The fact is, however, that humans imagine and experience the nature, limits and capacities of the human body – and its relation to the self – in extremely diverse ways.
This exhibition will run until 27 June.
The Liverpool Biennial exhibition at Lewis’s Building is spread over three floors. There are two entrances to consider when visiting this venue, therefore separate tickets for each must be booked. The ground floor exhibition entrance is located on Ranelagh Street. To access exhibitions on the second and third floor of the building please use ‘The Department’ entrance located on Renshaw Street.
Booking is strongly recommended and walk-ins are subject to capacity.
Tickets for Exhibition Space 1 (via Ranelagh Street)
Tickets for Exhibition Space 2 (via Renshaw Street)
LightNight Bookings (21 May)
Extended opening hours: until 10pm. Find out more here.
Ground Floor – Exhibition Space 1 (via Ranelagh Street)
There is a wheelchair accessible ramp at the entrance and exit.
Floors 2 & 3 – Exhibition Space 2 (via Renshaw Street)
This entrance is wheelchair accessible and has lifts leading to the exhibition space.
Find below the average walking distance from this venue to other participating venues.
Bluecoat: 5 minutes
FACT: 5 minutes
Lush Building: 5 minutes
Liverpool Central Library: 10 minutes
Open Eye Gallery: 14 minutes
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Building: 15 minutes
Cotton Exchange Building: 17 minutes
Tate Liverpool: 17 minutes
Discover outdoor commissions en route by following our Public Artwork Trail. For more information, click here.
Travel by taxi between venues to experience Erick Beltrán's new commission Superposition (2021). Combining lights and music alongside graphic designs, the commission can be experienced across 5 taxis, while on display across the tip-seats of an additional 30 of the fleet. To make a booking call ComCab Taxis on 0151 298 2222 and quote Liverpool Biennial (normal phone and taxi rates apply).