The 12th edition of the roving Manifesta biennial—situated this year in Palermo, Italy—has been sparse with details in advance. Over the past year, Manifesta has revealed only a few of its participating artists along with its venues and a concept behind it all. But today, following its opening to members of the press, the biennial announced a full artist list that boasts work by more than 50 artists spread across 20 venues around the city.
Manifesta 12 is named “The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence,” in reference to a comment once made by the botanist Gilles Clément about how the world is like a garden tended by its human inhabitants. With the architecture firm OMA (Office of Metropolitan Architecture) acting as a “creative mediator,” the biennial takes into account Palermo’s history as a port for immigrant arrivals and a place where “new models of citizenship . . . and human rights” are being established, per a statement on Manifesta’s website.
In the spirit of Manifesta’s mission, which aims to situate various artists’ work deep within a host city’s landscape, the 12th edition will have some unusual venues, among them Palermo’s botanical garden, the Chiesa Santi dei Euno e Giuliano, and ZEN, a social housing project.
The biennial’s 12th edition runs through November 4, though there is already more to look forward to after this one ends. Manifesta is a roving biennial, so it never takes place in this same locale twice, and the 2020 edition is already being planned for Marseilles, France.
The artist list follows in full below.
Maria Thereza Alves
Coloco & Gilles Clément
Toyin Ojih Odutola