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

Samia Henni, DZ/CH

Based on various conversations with Marseille’s inhabitants after the lockdown was lifted in May 2020, Housing Pharmacology by Algerian artist Samia Henni explored the interface between the politics of healthcare and access to housing in Marseille’s neighbourhoods. The exhibition examined the history of housing rights, and including housing policies for migrant workers, among other related themes.