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.

Marlene Dumas, ZA

Ink pencil and metallic acrylic on paper, 44 x 35 cm, presented at the Winter Palace

The South African artiste presents for the first time 16 drawings of 'Great Men', her ongoing series on famous gay men who made major contributions to art and science, at Manifesta 10 in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. As an answer to the anti-homosexual legislation taking place in Russia between 2013 and 2014, Marlene Dumas portraits series include Russian historical society representatives such as Eisenstein, that have made major contributions to the development of Russian culture.