Join us for the launch of Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world where are you?, at Open Eye Gallery.
Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world where are you? invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil. For this Biennial, we showcase two projects from international photographers: George Osodi (Nigeria) and Madiha Aijaz (Pakistan).
Both artists live in countries dealing with the legacy of British colonial rule following their move to independence. Each of their projects chart transformations in contemporary regional identity, sharing the processes by which people seek autonomy in their culture.
Madiha Aijaz is a filmmaker and photographer interested in cultural civic spaces and how we interact with them. She often photographs the railways, public libraries, study spaces and communities that have become peripheral to civic life.
Her new film on show at Open Eye Gallery, These Silences Are All the Words, explores the public libraries of Karachi, Pakistan, against the backdrop of the changing landscape of the city.
George Osodi was a photojournalist with Comet Newspaper in Lagos between 1999-2001, before joining the Associated Press News Agency in Lagos between 2001-2008. Osodi has been recognised as a leading documentary practitioner by many institutions, including Sony World Photography and Fuji Africa.
Nigerian Monarchs is a series of large photographs depicting the regional rulers in the country. During colonial rule, the British implemented a centralised system of governance, which removed the authority of regional monarchs. The images depict the different personalities of the local rulers who have reclaimed some of their authority, as well as the extravagant regalia that now stand as symbols of an individual’s past power.
Image: © George Osodi, Nigerian Monarchs (HRM Princess Adetutu Adesida Regent of Akure Kingdom), 2014