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.

Vigan Nimani, RKS

Vigan Nimani has compiled an expansive archive of photographs. Many of them have been sourced from books, others he took on his travels. For a long time, the artist considered the archive from an aesthetic point of view, using the photographs as a source for his paintings.

These are renowned for their unique depictions of modernist architectures, suspended between figuration and abstraction. The political stories that Nimani’s paintings also inevitably tell used to be of secondary importance to him. Yet the rapid erasure of modernist heritage under turbocapitalism has changed the nature of both the archive and his work.

No longer a mere repository of material, the archive has become a crucial source of cultural memory and resistance: by capturing and conserving the tension, the harmony between the built and vegetal worlds.