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Liverpool Biennial 2021

The Stomach and the Port

20 March – 6 June

 

 

Biennial is the UK’s largest festival of contemporary visual art. Taking over unexpected and public spaces, historic sites and art galleries, the Biennial has been transforming the city through art for over two decades. The 11th edition, The Stomach and the Port, explores notions of the body and ways of connecting with the world. 50 international artists and two collectives are taking part in this year’s Biennial. A dynamic programme of free exhibitions, performances, screenings and fringe events unfolds over the 12 weeks, shining a light on the city’s vibrant cultural scene. Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and the Port is curated by Manuela Moscoso.

 

Teresa Solar presents a newly commissioned outdoor installation, titled Osteoclast (I do not know how I came to be on board this ship, this navel of my ark), at Exchange Flags. Composed of five kayaks, each sculptural piece reflects on the shape of a bone in the human anatomy. The sculptures anchor on the history of Liverpool as one of the most active ports in facilitating transatlantic trade in Europe. Solar’s work draws a parallel between bones – as hollowed structures, full of cavities, carriers of tissues, veins and cell communities – and vessels, vehicles of migration, transmitters of bodies and knowledge. In contrast to the enormous ships that were, and still are, built and docked in Merseyside, Solar’s kayaks, turned into a disarticulated skeleton, set the human body at sea level and evoke the sometimes-forgotten fragility of the human body over the sea. At the same time, they also celebrate our capacity for transition and transformation.   

 

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool BID Company with support from Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and the Henry Moore Foundation.

 

+ information about Teresa Solar’s project

Forma de fuga (1), 2020

Madrid, 1985

Vive y trabaja en Madrid

 

 

El trabajo de Teresa Solar gira en torno a prácticas heterogéneas que se materializan en obras audiovisuales y escultóricas, en las que los lenguajes de las dos disciplinas se conectan e interactúan.

 

Sus proyectos, estructurados alrededor de personajes o agentes catalizadores, se caracterizan por ser de larga duración y desarrollarse en diferentes fases y manifestaciones.  Dentro de esta constelación de personajes cabe destacar el trabajo con Lawrence de Arabia y con el fotógrafo Harold Edgerton, que le permiten hablar de ejes temáticos transversales en su obra, como  la figura del pionero y  del extranjero.

 

Sus trabajos escultóricos están estrechamente ligados a sus proyectos audiovisuales. Muchos de los elementos que utiliza, como decorados y atrezzo, para sus películas funcionan posteriormente como esculturas y viceversa. Teresa Solar explora la doble naturaleza de estos elementos, visitados a través de la mirada parcial de la cámara y que, posteriormente, cobran una nueva entidad en la sala.