Lu Pingyuan

The pub, which dates from 1251, is the fourth-oldest pub in Britain and is reputedly haunted by the Seventh Earl of Derby, James Stanley. The royalist, whose family originally owned the inn, is said to have spent the last hours of his life there before he was beheaded in 1651 towards the end of the Civil War. On learning about this phenomenon, Lu Pingyuan was inspired to attempt to catch the ghost of this historical figure – a symbolic act in reaction to the UK’s colonialist past, which saw great losses of both tangible and intangible cultural assets by other nations. Alongside the exhibition in CFCCA’s Gallery 2, Lu Pingyuan has been working with Liverpool Biennial 2016 to create a new piece of work which draws upon his trademark elements of narrative and imagination. Do Not Open It is a site-specific installation featuring two doors; the first set into a brick wall on Stanhope Street in Liverpool and the second to be permanently installed at CFCCA. The doors are a portal between Liverpool and Manchester, designed to transport the audience through the Episodes which make up Liverpool Biennial 2016.
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