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.

Arseny Zhilyaev, IT/RU

In this installation the Russian artist Arseny Zhiyaev created a scenario in which futurism an football were combined. A costume display “commemorated” a football tournament from the dystopia future of Marseille, with teams including police, local residents, activists and artists (groups often involved in conflicts). The artist composed four poems in Russian then translated them into Arabic, English and French, and incorporated them into the team’s uniforms.