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Tue 10 Sep – Sat 12 Oct 2019
Free, no booking required
On the anniversary of Peterloo, we want to transport you to the world of ‘Libertalia’ a place where all are free and equal, a ‘way of being’ the people of Peterloo wanted so much for Manchester.
‘Libertalia’ was a city founded by Madagascan pirates in the 17th century. Here the pirates acted as “vigilant guardians of the people’s rights and liberties” against wage labour and capitalism. 100 years later the people of Peterloo became the just same guardians for Manchester, their actions heralding a new era towards social justice.
This exhibition will see Manchester as the new ‘Libertalia’. Weaving tales of ‘liberty’ guardians and launching a new manifesto to help set ourselves free.
NW UK, Swedish, Lithuanina & Chilean artists have come together to create ‘Libertalia’. Led by Alexis K Johnson and Isabel Lagos with works by Juan Carlos Poblete Tapia, Erenesto Demitros Lagos Locatelli, Jorge Alcaide Capeda, Ruta Staseviciute, Alex O’Toole, Marie Louise Edwards and Sarah Williamson. Andan international collective of artists, educators and academics from three continents formed in 2017 to protest the gender gap.
By Isabel & Alexis productions and AKarts with the support of Arts Council England, Canadian Connections. Thanks to University of Huddersfield, UK and University of Victoria, Canada.
Photo: Libertalia Pirate House 2 by Isabel Lagos