Manifesta 12

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Manifesta 12, the nomadic biennial celebrating contemporary art and culture and inaugurated last June 16th will remain open to the public until 4th November 2018 in Palermo. 20 locations throughout the city will provide the opportunity to admire works from about 50 artists and collectives.
The widespread system of exhibitions including installations, videos, performances, urban interventions and literary projects, is entitled Il Giardino Planetario. Coltivare la Coesistenza and has been developed by the Manifesta 12 Creative Mediators including Dutch journalist and film maker Bregtje van der Haak, Spanish architect and researcher Andrés Jaque, Sicilian born architect and partner of the OMA studio in Rotterdam Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli and Swiss visual arts curator Mirjam Varadinis.
Founded in 1993 by the art historian Hedwig Fijen, who still directs it, the nomadic European biennial presents about 50 artistic projects, including 35 specifically commissioned new works, not just from artists in the traditional sense of the term, but also writers, architects and directors.

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The curatorial project Il Giardino Planetario. Coltivare la Coesistenza refers to the botanical metaphor of the landscape designer and philosopher Gilles Clément, who relates the world in which we live to a garden that man must take care of. The artistic projects are designed as a critical response to the most urgent problems of the contemporary world with particular attention to issues relating to international mobility and migratory flows.
Il Giardino Planetario consists of three sections. “Garden of Flows” explores the concept of toxicity and the life of plants and botany in relation to the planet’s resources and the global common good while “Out of Control Room” aims to restore tangibility to invisible networks in the digital flow regime and finally “City on Stage” aims to embrace the stratified nature of Palermo and encourage a critical understanding of different aspects of contemporary life in the city. The three sections are structured not in conventional or institutional artistic venues, but in exhibition spaces that are both iconic and partly new.

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As part of the Manifesta 12 Public Program, there is also a calendar of free film screenings which aims to offer a cinematic interpretation of the key themes of the biennial through a selection of films and documentaries.
Manifesta 12 provides its official App for free, designed with the aim of offering visitors a better experience and offering geo-localized and customizable information.
Alongside the main program, Manifesta 12 offers a specific parallel programme with the name Eventi Collaterali and the 5x5x5 program, created in collaboration with local artists, museums, institutions and professionals working in the cultural sector.
For more information it is possible to consult manifesta12.org/collaterals.

Photo by CAVE Studio
Photo by Cave Studio
Photo by Cave Studio
Photo by CAVE Studio