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

Gillian Wearing, GB

Video exhibited at Museo San Telmo

This video by British artist Gillian Wearing depicted an Albanian child extolling the virtues of the heroic monuments located in Tirana in patriotic and emphatic language. Shot in a home video format, the rhetoric-laden verse, and the child’s very serious effort to deliver his script correctly, gave the work a tension and recalled a time when propaganda often went unquestioned.