Manifesta is the only roving biennial of contemporary art. From Rotterdam to Frankfurt to San Sebastian and St. Petersburg – its journey has taken it all over Europe. Between June and September 2016, Zurich hosts Manifesta 11. Featuring 130 artists, a floating pavilion and 38 parallel events, Manifesta venues and activities are scattered all over the city. Under theme of “What People Do for Money: Some Joint Ventures”, artists from all over the world are getting together with representatives of Zurich-based occupations.
For example, the Catalan artist Carles Congost is working with the Zurich Fire Brigade to produce a film, Simply the Best, which will address the differences between a vocation and wage labour. Maurizio Cattelan is working together with a Paralympic athlete. Teresa Margolles with a transsexual sex worker, Marguerite Humeau with an engineer for robotic and Shelly Nadashi with a literature teacher.
Another of the participating artists, French author Michel Houellebecq, has teamed up with a doctor to present Manifesta visitors a meticulous evaluation of his health.
The 30 new productions follow the format of the Joint Venture. Each of these artistic projects is exhibited in three different ways: at a satellite venue, in a classical art institution and in the form of a film screened at the Pavillon of Reflections.
The historical exhibition, which comprise over 100 positions, is being co-curated by Manifesta 11 Chief Curator Christian Jankowski together with English Curator Francesca Gavin.
The Historical Exhibition: Sites Under Construction take up and
explore the various ways in which current and historical working worlds have been portrayed in art.
Manifesta was conceived in the early 1990s as a nomadic, European biennial of contemporary art, responding to the new social, cultural and political reality that emerged in the aftermath of the Cold War.
Following a desire to explore the psychological and geographical territory of Europe and to provide a dynamic platform for cultural exchange throughout the region, it takes place every two years in a different European city. Along with the Venice Biennale and documenta in Kassel, Manifesta is one of the foremost art events in Europe.
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