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

Ali Cherri, LB

This project drew on the tradition of erecting totem poles at the gates of certain communities. Using figures inspired by the animal kingdom, the aquatic world and imaginary hybrid beasts, The Gatekeepers by Lebanese artist Ali Cherri welcomed visitors to the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Marseille and offered a tribute to the souls of all the animals lodged in the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, only a few steps away.