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.

Brilant Milazimi, RKS

The long, long limbs of Brilant Milazimi’s figures lend themselves well to social entanglement. Suspended somewhere between childhood and adulthood, his disarmingly creepy cast of characters hold hands, lock arms, lock legs, their toothy grins far surpassing the boundaries of their faces.

Captured in reddish-pinkish hues, they seem alien, otherworldly, at times sinister, at times benign. What is certain is that they are always already in relation to one another. However ambivalent their entanglement might appear, they are forever moving with or towards their fellow beings.

In composing his paintings, Milazimi draws on memory as it blurs with everyday experience, whether collective or individual. Ever and again courting abstraction, his figurations are striking for their subtle suggestion of stories – and for all that they leave out.