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

Zheng Bo, CN

Pteridophilia explores the eco-queer movement and its potential. Seven young people walk through a forest in Taiwan, making close contact with ferns. They establish emotional and physical relationships with the plants, relying on their bodies rather than on words. Ferns are very common plants in Taiwan, and are valued by local tribes but were not considered to be valuable by Japanese colonists.