Top: Alya Sebti and Katerina Chuchalina. Bottom: Marina Otero Verzier and Stefan Kalmár.

Manifesta Announces Artistic Team for 2020 Edition

Manifesta, the nomadic European biennial that changes its location every two years, has announced the artistic team for its thirteenth iteration, set to take place in Marseille from June 7, 2020 to November 1, 2020. The exhibition will mark the first time that Manifesta is held in France.

The event will be led by Alya Sebti, director of ifa Gallery in Berlin and curator of the Thirteenth Dak’Art Biennial of Contemporary African Art (2018); architect Marina Otero Verzier, director of research and development at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam; Katerina Chuchalina, chief curator at the V-A-C Foundation in both Moscow and Venice; and Stefan Kalmár, director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

Commenting on the upcoming edition, Manifesta director Hedwig Fijen said that Marseille “seems to always be positioned as an ‘outsider city’ characterized by many contradictions, since many citizens consider themselves first Marseillaise and second French.” She added that the multicultural city “is for us maybe the ultimate test of how Marseille, France, and Europe are facing the most important conflicts of our time.”

In August, Dutch architect Winy Maas and urban practice MVRDV were tapped to conduct an in-depth, pre-biennial research study on the city of Marseille. Their findings, which will be released in early 2019, will help the artistic team integrate the exhibition into the social, cultural, and political fabric of the city.