Manifesta is announcing the artistic team of its 13th edition: Moroccan Alya Sebti is today the director of Berlin’s ifa Gallery, has recently been the guest curator of the 13th Dak’Art, Biennial of Contemporary African Art (2018), and was Artistic Director of the 5th Marrakech Biennial; Spanish architect Marina Otero Verzier is the Director of Research and Development at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Moscow-based, Russian Katerina Chuchalina, is chief curator at the V-A-C Foundation in both Moscow and Venice; German Stefan Kalmáris currently the director of the ICA in London, formerly director of Artists Space New York City, and Kunstverein München, and former resident of Marseille having lived in the city for 12 years.
Manifesta Director, Hedwig Fijen: “In continuation of the thematic approach and model of Manifesta 12 in Palermo, we have looked for another southern Mediterranean, historically important central city allowing us to engage with the 21st century urgent global and local issues. This second city of France seems to always be positioned as the ‘outsider’ city characterized by many contradictions, since many citizens consider themselves first Marseillaise and second French. Yet Marseille, withits great port city multiculturalism, and all its complexities and struggles, is for us maybe the ultimate test of how Marseille, France andEurope are facing the most important conflicts of our time. The appointed artistic team has our confidence to create a critical response to the current state of affairs in Europe and an artistic vision how we can look at global issues through the spectrum of Marseille.”
Manifesta 13 Marseille
7 June – 1 November 2020
- Alya Sebti, Marina Otero Verzier, Katerina Chuchalina, Stefan Kalmàr