International Shorts

Manifesta 5

FOR ITS FIFTH EDITION, THE MOST NOMADIC of European art expos will materialize from June 11 to September 30 in Spain’s Basque country, distributing some fifty artists’ works through six venues in two neighboring cities—the tourist hub of Donostia–San Sebastián and the industrial port of Pasaia—under the curatorial stewardship of Marta Kuzma and Massimiliano Gioni. This set of hands may be steady (Kuzma, now an independent curator, previously helmed the WPA/Corcoran in Washington, DC, while Gioni directs Milan’s Trussardi Foundation and co-runs New York’s Wrong Gallery), but the chosen territory is anything but. Indeed, so emblematic of the region is the instability arising from its linguistic and social pluralism and its fractious relationship with the rest of Spain that the curators focused, they say, on creating an intelligent analogy of it. In so doing, they decided not to limit themselves

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