The list of major biennials that have postponed their 2020 editions because of the coronavirus pandemic is long. The ranks currently include the Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy, the Berlin Biennale, the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, Made in L.A., the Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary Art in Senegal, the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Latvia, and the Prospect New Orleans triennial. But one biennial set to take place in France is plowing forward, with plans to launch this year’s edition later this summer.
As of now, the sole big-ticket biennial for the season—and one of the few biennials taking place this year at all—is Manifesta 13, which moved back its opening from May to late August. On Tuesday, the biennial confirmed that it would run from August 28 to November 29 in Marseille, France, and revealed its artist list for this year’s edition. Curated by Katerina Chuchalina, Stefan Kalmár, and Alya Sebti, the biennial is titled “Traits d’union.s, Le Tiers Programme, Les Parallèles du Sud” [Traits of the Union, The Third Program, The Parallels of the South] and focuses on the ways that Marseille’s history as a key port city allows its citizens to resist categories.
“Marseille’s infinite histories, biographies, and stories inform its lenticular existence,” a curatorial statement reads. “Marseille resists any linear categorization. Marseille has no single identity.”
The artist list for Manifesta 13 follows below.
Aoziz (Béatrice Pedraza, Ludovic Mohamed Zahed, Andrew Graham)
Black Quantum Futurism
Benjamin de Burca & Barbara Wagner
Center for Creative Ecologies (Isabelle Carbonell, Hannah Meszaros Martin, T. J. Demos)
Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Dennis Cooper and Zac Farley
Dennis Cooper and Gisèle Vienne
Pauline Curnier Jardin
Stine Marie Jacobsen
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc
Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho
Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Selma & Sofiane Ouissi