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

Christine Borland, GB

Sculptures at Casino Luxembourg

For Manifesta 2, British artist Christine Borland casted fetal skulls in bone-china pelves. The artist then decorated these pelvises and fetal skulls with blue and white patterns. These patters, borrowed from 18th-century British adaptations of East Asian porcelain china, included commemorations of ships leaving the port to engage in colonial trade and slave trade.