A nomadic event with a permanent impact

The latest issue of the annual “Arterritory Conversations”, by the Baltic art magazine Arterritory, has just been released. In its pages are 2016’s most significant conversations with vibrant figures from the international worlds of art and culture.

One of the interviews is with the Manifesta director, Hedwig Fijen. She has been the founding director of Manifesta since 1993 and is responsible for the daily management of the biennial, as well as the two-yearly election of host cities, fundraising the budgets of the biennials and the selection of curators and creative mediators. Fijen works with a permanent team of specialists who are moving with her every two years to the Manifesta host city in order to build up the biennial program and structure. Creating a long term impact for Manifesta each time in a different European venue as well as leaving a legacy both on social, infra-structural, cultural and educational level is what Manifesta aspires for. For Manifesta 12 in Palermo in 2018, Fijen has invited for the first time an urban and architectural office, OMA, as well as four interdisciplinary creative mediators.

In her interview with Arterritory, Hedwig Fijen discusses the impact of Manifesta, the successes and failures of the Biennial’s curatorial models, and what a nomadic art event leaves behind once it has concluded. Read more about the legacy of Manifesta in the full interview on Arterritory.

Peter Haerle, Director Cultural Affairs City of Zürich; Hedwig Fijen, Manifesta Founder and director of Manifesta 11; Christian Jankowski, Curator Manifesta 11 during the prees conference on 29.9.2015 at Seebad Enge in Zürich. Photo: © Livio Baumgartner

Marlene Dumas. Installation view at Manifesta 10, Winter Palace, State Hermitage Museum. This presentation has been made possible with financial support from the Mondriaan Fund and Wilhelmina E. Jansen Fund