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.

Adel Abdessemed, FR

This work consisting of ink on paper referred to three figures who changed the world order: Muslim prophet Mohammed, German philosopher Karl Marx and Cambodian dictator Pol Pot, all of whom attempted to purify the structure of human existence. By combining these three figures into one, the Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed invented a trinity where spirituality, materialism and violence coalesced into a unique belief system.