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

Peter Fend, US

Through site specific, research-based projects, La Mer et Marseille by American artist Peter Fend responded to the water conditions of the Marseille area, not only in identifying specific regional problems but also in proposing concrete courses of action. This three-part project mapped water systems on the global, regional and local scale.