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.

Manifesta 13 Marseille was one of the only international biennials to take place during the global pandemic COVID-19, the biennial ended earlier than planned due to the second national lockdown

Joseph Grigely, US

Performance at Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam/Villa Ackermann

Deaf since the age of ten, the American artist Joseph Grigely created a performance piece based on exchanges with visitors to the gallery. He sat in one of the rooms, ready to engage in conversation with anyone passing by. Using various pens and pencils and papers passed back and forth in these conversations with strangers, he created an archive of writings and scribbles that explored the limits of language