MADE UP, the fifth edition of the Liverpool Biennial‘s International Exhibition, opened September 20th and runs until November 30, 2008. The lineup of international artists exhibiting this year spans the globe and a broad range of media. The abstract, and suitably loose, curatorial theme of “made up” exalted artists like Australian photographer and film maker Tracey Moffatt to create a series of self-portraits, which depict Moffatt role-playing, a la Cindy Sherman, interjecting herself through found imagery and photo editing into awkward positions of stodgy employment from her past. Other notable artists exhibiting this year are: Omer Fast, Jesper Just, Yoko Ono and Ai Wei Wei, who created an enormous spider web of light and steel, in an artistic nod to the spider, “one of nature’s architects”. Wei Wei’s spider web spans the length of space across Liverpool’s Exchange Flags and bloats the ordinary or mundane into the extreme and fantastic.
MADE UP was curated collaboratively by a team drawn from partner galleries and the Biennial under the artistic directorship of Lewis Biggs. The exhibition takes place across thirteen locations around the city of Liverpool, including The Bluecoat, Tate Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery and FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology).