The Liverpool Biennial is the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK. The 12th edition of the Liverpool Biennial, “uMoya: The sacred Return of Lost Things” runs through September 17. ‘uMoya’ means soul, breath, air, climate, and wind in the isiZulu language.
Curated by South African curator, artist, and sociologist Khanyisile Mbongwa, the exhibition’s central theme is the history and future healing potential of the Liverpool area, a former center of the slave trade. Thirty-five international artists invite visitors to bear witness to the history of colonialism – the ships used in the slave trade, the people who died in transit, and the ethnic fairs – while also evoking the wisdom and healing power of indigenous African cultures.
As part of the Biennial, large-scale public sculptures by renowned artists are presented around the city. This year, large-scale public sculptures are made by Ugo Rondinone (b. 1964), Antony Gormley (b. 1950), Alicja Biala (b. 1993), and Sir Peter Blake (b. 1932).
With Art Basel closed a few days ago in Basel, Switzerland, Pace Gallery in Geneva is presenting “Women,” a solo exhibition by international French photographer JR(b. 1983). The exhibition runs through July 18.
The ‘Women Are Heroes’ project at the center of the exhibition began in 2008 in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The fact that women are the primary victims of war, political oppression, and religious fanaticism inspired the project. By taking portraits of women in conflict zones and installing them outdoors on a large scale, he tried to create opportunities for women to express themselves freely and speak to the wider public. The project has since expanded to Liberia, Kenya, Cambodia, India, Brazil, and France.
JR travels to conflict zones and collaborates with residents to photograph individual portraits and install them in large-scale public spaces. He seeks to transform urban environments and speak out on socio-political issues.
Robilant+Voena (R+V) Gallery in Milan presents “Julian Schnabel and Italy,” a solo exhibition by American painter Julian Schnabel (b. 1951), on view through June 30.
Schnabel took up residence in Milan in 1977, creating works inspired by the culture and nature of Italy, and has continued to bring the country as a subject of his work ever since. The exhibition features prints inspired by Italian Baroque master Caravaggio (1571-1610), paintings depicting landscapes, and the ‘Pini’ series, which depicts pine trees by putting layers of paint on a map of Italy’s coastline.
Schnabel has been active in international exhibitions since the 1980s and is widely known as the director of biographical films about artists such as Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988).