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

Piotr Jaros, PL

Photographs at the Kunsthal Rotterdam

The larger-than-life black and white photographs in Polish artist Piotr Jaros’ series Embracing showed people at once ordinary and extraordinary, in a tender relationship with each other, their sexual identity and position undefined. Their staged poses indicated a certain ceremonial purpose though this purpose was not explicit.