Manifesta purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centres of artistic production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography.

Nedko Solakov, BG

Installation at Rotterdam’s Natural History Museum. In the collection of De Vleeshal Middelburg, on a long-term loan to M HKA, Antwerp

With the interdisciplinary installation, the Bulgarian artist imagined what would happen if he were to start to live as an ammonite, as a stuffed duck, as a rock crystal, as a snowflake, as the colour spectrum, as the material that the very floor (on which the visitor was standing) is covered with. He observed how “normally, everybody dreams to be “somebody else”,” and proposed that, who knows, with him as an ammonite, a stuffed duck, or a snowflake, he could establish a more suitable relationship with the society around him.