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

Julien Creuzet, FR

As a continuation of his Opera Archipelago project started in 2014, French artist Julien Creuzet took apart the elements that make up an opera and reassembled them into fragmentary artistic forms. At the Conservatoire of Music, he created a sonic and visual ecosystem composed of two voices, two bodies and two sculptures. Music played a special role in this project as the background to a fictional epic poem that portrayed the conditions of African descendants living in French territory.