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  Feeding the 5000  

Feed the 5000
Biennial opening night
Independent District


  Jyll Bradley, Liverpool Biennial 2004  

Jyll Bradley
Old Haymarket
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  Detail from 'Amongst these dark Satanic mills' by David Hancock  

David Hancock
Le Petit Paysage
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  The Art Organisation, Liverpool Biennial 2004  

The Art Organisation
St Bride's Church
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  Detail from work by Ben Youdan

Ben Youdan


Independent District

Novas Warehouse


A founding member of the Whores of Babylon Arts Collective, Ben Youdan exhibited in the previous Liverpool Biennial 2002 and part of the precursor event for the Liverpool European City of Culture Bid 2008. He has exhibited independently and collaborated with several international artists and institutions.

His earlier artistic explorations have related to aesthetics, particularly in the realms of what constitutes beauty, in terms of visualisation and philosophy. Similar to the moral implications and aesthetic worth between culture, technology and human intervention. The images created in my current projects have been one of anatomical glorifications, a proclivity in contemporary society’s ideologies of aesthetics. From the psychoanalytical interpretations discerned by the physical form and generalised through to the self modification perpetuating the biological and genetic edifice of the body.

He deals with ideas connected with concepts of beauty and the glorification of the physical human form and its conditions. In particular the contradictory and opposing notions of natural and artificial beauty, so prevalent in contemporary media society. As a result of technological and medical advances many avenues of choice have opened up to people regarding the personal modification of their own body, giving individuals an empowering choice never before available to them. Western culture in particular continues to perpetuate a physical ideal for humanity slavishly emulated by many individuals on a daily basis. It is important to realise that the work could equally be seen as a celebration or indeed a criticism of these choices.

However, the pieces are painstakingly and faithfully hand made out of a personal reverence for the beauty of the human from. Hopefully the result is more than just decoration. Part of the work, he intends to exhibit will consist of a selection he has created over the last two years from his human organ series. In addition to this, he will create an entirely new series closely linked to his previous work, whilst exploring new areas. The new pieces will consist of nine individual works each depicting enlarged images of human viruses and bacteria made out of sequins and other mixed media. The work will be displayed as three triptychs and each individual component will be two feet square. Through this he is exploring the potential of the media in which he has chosen to work.

transVoyeur and the Artist
The cosmopolitan and collage like nature of the urban environment combined with the glamour, fragility and introspection of the human experience has always been prevalent in my work. Human perfection and the utopian society are simultaneously optimistic and yet unobtainable or at least subjective. The link between two geographical places, Liverpool and New York, could be seen to be symbolic of the connection between the urban environment and the human experience of it.


Artists represented in Transvoyeur:

Gaynor Evelyn Sweeney
Tony Knox
Gary Sollars
Ben Youdan
George Lund
Paul Clarkson
Michael Ricardo Andreev
Kofi Fosu
Stephan Fowlkes
Reid Stowe
Poalo Pelosini
Patricia Jacobs

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