The Region of Murcia, Spain
9 October 2010 – 9 January 2011
On January 9, 2011, Manifesta 8 – the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, came to a close after 100 days in the host cities of Murcia and Cartagena in southeast Spain. Manifesta 8 took place in 14 venues, five of which were historical buildings specially refurbished for Manifesta, plus four media spaces. Manifesta 8 was curated by three independent curatorial collectives, each of them developing a project as an autonomous curatorial contribution. The collectives are ACAF – Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, CPS – Chamber of Public Secrets and tranzit.org. The positive results achieved by Manifesta 8 in the Region of Murcia have been attested by 110,000 visitors, who have been welcomed at the 14 venues during the exhibition period. Furthermore over 10% of the total visitors to Manifesta 8 participated to one of the many education, outreach and art mediation programs on offer.
For the first time, the Biennial integrated a sub-theme in its title – a dialogue with northern Africa as a direct consequence of geopolitical issues in the region where it took place. In different interdisciplinary projects, this theme was sometimes explicit, sometimes inferred and sometimes highlighted in historical films, photographs and aligned works by artists from Africa, with particular emphasis on the history of Arabic culture rooted in the Region of Murcia. Manifesta 8 incorporated a large number of Parallel Events spread throughout the region of Murcia, as well as television and radio programs, publications, Internet sites and multi-media projects.
Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF), Chamber of Public Secrets (CPS) and tranzit.org
AA The ART ASSEMBLY • Abed Anouti • AGM 10 Annual General Meeting • Basma AlSharif • Esref Armagan • Mounira Al Solh • Babi Badalov • Backbench • Brumaria • Erick Beltran • Gonzalo Ballester • Igor & Ivan Buharov• Lene Berg • Michael Paul Britto • Neil Beloufa • Pablo Bronstein • Banu Cennetoglu / Shiri Zinn • Boris Charmatz • Celine Condorelli • Common Culture • Danilo Correale • Ergin Cavusoglu • Filipa César • Heman Chong • Lou Lou Cherinet • Cristina David • Juan Downey • Kajsa Dahlberg • Stephan Dillemuth • Willie Doherty • Aida Eltorie • Alfonso Escudero • Anders Eiebakke • Marcelo Expósito & Verónica Iglesia • Sherif El-Azma • Carla Filipe • Simon Fujiwara • Alexandra Galkina • Laurent Grasso • Melanie Gilligan • Pedro G. Romero / Archivo F.X. • Ryan Gander • Thierry Geoffroy/ Colonel • Karl Holmqvist • Khaled Hafez • Nav Haq • Ralf Homann • Sung Hwan Kim • Incubator for a Pan-African Roaming Biennial • Adela Jušic • Ann Veronica Janssens • Jeleton • Hassan Khan • Mahmoud Khaled • Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc/ Sarah Maldoror • Irene Lucas & Christoph Euler • Ana Martínez • Charles Mudede • Darius Miksys • Erlea Maneros Zabala • Kenny Muhammad & Adam Carrigan • Metahaven • Nastio Mosquito • Rosell Meseguer • Suhail Malik •Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere • Fay Nicolson • nOFFICE • Bouchra Ouizguen • Lorraine O’Grady • Nada Prlja • Olivia Plender • Prayers for Art • Ariel Reichman • David Rych • Emily Roysdon • Jasper Rigole • María Ruido • n.e.w.s.:Renée Ridgway/Rick van Amersfoort • Red76 • Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz • Alexandre Singh • Catarina Simao • Jean-Marc Superville Sovak • Kim Sung Hwan • Nikolaus Schletterer • Ruti Sela • Mariusz Tarkawian • Michael Takeo Magruder • Stefanos Tsivopoulos • Take to the Sea • The Action Mill • The MoCHA Sessions • The Otolith Group • Martin Vongrej • Tomáš Vanek • Tris Vonna-Michell • Tanja Widmann • Wooloo • Raed Yassin