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Thierry Geoffroy during the filming of his work Artist Colonialist Investigating for TV: Is There a Dialogue with the Spanish and You Northern African?, 2010, Murcia, Spain, 2010. Photo: Rian Lozano.

Manifesta 8

Thierry Geoffroy during the filming of his work Artist Colonialist Investigating for TV: Is There a Dialogue with the Spanish and You Northern African?, 2010, Murcia, Spain, 2010. Photo: Rian Lozano.

THE EIGHTH EDITION OF MANIFESTA, the peripatetic pan-European biennial, was held in Cartegena and Murcia, two cities on the southeastern coast of Spain. In her introduction to the catalogue, the biennial’s founder, Hedwig Fijen, speaks of the locale as providing an opportunity to explore “issues of migration, immigration, refugee status and diaspora,” a sentiment in keeping with the exhibition’s aim to engage (per its subtitle) in a “dialogue with Northern Africa.” But Pedro Alberto Cruz, minister of culture and tourism for the region of Murcia, expresses a different view of the relationship between mobility and Manifesta. In his foreword, he extols the exhibition’s “articulation of the region of Murcia as a first-level hallmark in the international realm of cultural tourism.”

Betwixt and between these two contrasting positions were three international teams of curators: tranzit.org

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