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.

Huang Yong Ping, FR

Sculpture at Rotterdam’s Natural History Museum

This sculpture by French Vietnamese artist Huang Yong Ping consisted of a model of Schiphol Airport which was to include live insects and other animals. However, animal protection organisations did not agree to this use of live creatures and the model, representing global mobility, had to remain empty at the biennale. The artist decided to include the ‘insect rights’ discussion in printed form, showing the correspondence between the animal rights groups, himself and Manifesta 1.