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.

Mathieu Mercier, FR

Archive and light installation at Frankfurter Kunstverein. Courtesy of Gallery Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin.

Manifesta curators approached French artist Mathieu Mercier to create a space for the exhibition’s archival material. The result consisted of wooden archival containers called Archives Modules, which could be combined and moved. Several examples of Mercier’s Folding Lamp, an air compressor attached to an adjustable metal structure accompanied the modules.