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.

Anna Boghiguian, EG/FR

In the chapel of the Vieille Charité, Armenian-Egyptian-Canadian artist Anna Boghiguian envisions a conversation between Clarice Lispector and Virginia Woolf – two writers who explored pictorial art within the semantic limits of literature. Boghiguian’s installation to one side of the chapel brings together some of the possibilities present in Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H., especially the scene in which the cockroach comes out of the closet and has more to teach us about the limitations of our perception than any other being in the world.

On another side of the Chapel, Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse assembles random moments and figures, telling a story about existence and co-existence. Over the course of the novel, the young painter Lily Briscoe grows from selfdoubt to understanding, while her thoughts left unsaid illuminate many of the tensions driving the novel.