The roving European biennial Manifesta has named the artistic team for its 13th edition, which is set to open in Marseille, France, in 2020. That team will be comprised of Katerina Chuchalina, Stefan Kalmár, Marina Otero Verzier, and Alya Sebti.
Chuchalina is the chief curator of the V-A-C Foundation in Moscow and Venice. Kalmár is the director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, and was previously director of Artists Space in New York. Otero is director of research and development at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Sebti is the director of Ifa Gallery in Berlin and co-curated this year’s edition of the Dak’Art Biennial of Contemporary African Art in Senegal.
In a statement, Manifesta’s director, Hedwig Fijen, said that Manifesta 13 will deal with the political context of Marseille. “Marseille, with its great port city multiculturalism, and all its complexities and struggles, is for us maybe the ultimate test of how Marseille, France and Europe are facing the most important conflicts of our time,” she said. “The appointed artistic team has our confidence to create a critical response to the current state of affairs in Europe and an artistic vision how we can look at global issues through the spectrum of Marseille.”