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

Amy Lien, Enzo Camacho, US/PH

Through this project, the American and Filipino artist duo Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho explored the afterlife of France’s colonial history. A series of lantern-like female heads hung from the ceiling with internal organs dangling from their necks, evoking a female spirit of Cambodian folklore known as the Ahp. These monstrous forms, composed of pulped organic matter, were a contrasting echo of the monumental female figure Colonies d’Asie (1923-24) sculpted by Louis Botinelly and situated in Marseille’s main train station, providing a haunting anti-monument to the city’s role in the European colonial project.