The Port of Liverpool is at the heart of this Biennial. The transatlantic movement of enslaved people haunts the city’s past, while the repercussions of these experiences are still felt across the world today. This trade in commodified human beings and goods – for example, sugar and cotton – was part of a global project of modernity dependent upon exploitation.
The two artists shown at Open Eye Gallery both engage with these long histories, showing us how different forms of the past exist in our present moment. Zineb Sedira’s largescale photographs and accompanying sculptures created from sugar, from her Sugar Routes (2013) series, recount the history of transoceanic forced human migration, the triangular trade routes of the 18th and 19th centuries and the continued trade of sugar across the Atlantic for mass consumption. Working in a contemporary context, Sedira’s photographic prints depict sugar extracted from different parts of the world housed in a modern warehouse in the French port city of Marseille. The mountainous piles of sugar present a landscape of extraction where multiple geographies convene and merge with one another; the warehouse becoming an in-between space of encounter before the sugar is processed for consumption. Juxtaposed with two sculptures of an anchor and propeller made from cane sugar found in the French silo, the works act as a metaphor for migration and diaspora.
This exhibition will run until 6 June.
No booking required. Walk-ins welcome.
There is level access to the gallery entrance and the Mann Island covered public space where Open Eye Gallery is located. Inside the gallery there are two ground floor spaces joined by a flat corridor, an accessible toilet and a platform lift to the second floor gallery. Assistance dogs are welcome.
Find below the average walking distance from this venue to other participating venues.
Tate Liverpool: 6 minutes
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Building: 7 minutes
Lush Building: 9 minutes
Bluecoat: 10 minutes
Cotton Exchange Building: 12 minutes
Lewis's Building: 15 minutes
FACT: 17 minutes
Liverpool Central Library: 18 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).