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

Black Quantum Futurism, US

Black Quantum Futurism is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips that uses writing, music, film, visual art, socially engaged art and creative research to explore personal, cultural, familial and communal cycles of experience as well as solutions for transforming oppressive linear temporalities into empowering, alternative temporalities. Their work focuses on the recovery, collection and preservation of communal memories, histories and futures. They use Afrofuturism as a tool for telling stories of marginalised people, exploring the nature of their collective reality and inspiring agency in marginalised people to shape and reshape their own pasts and futures. Because of the continued erasure of their families, roots, histories, and very futures, they make their work accessible, intersectional and mobile, eluding the bounds of space-time that normally imprison art.