Manifesta 7, the European Biennial of Contemporary that will be hosted in the Trentino – South Tyrol region in Italy from July 19 to November 2 this year, has released more information about the event and the participating artists.
Taking shape over four cities, which run along the Brenner axis between the north and south of Europe, Manifesta will occupy the Fortezza (Bressanone), the ex-Alumix factory in Bolzano, the Palazzo delle Poste in Trento, and the Manifattura Tabacchi and ex-Peterlini factory in Rovereto. It will present 188 artists from around the world, 32 of which are Italian.
Adam Budak, will curate “Principle Hope” between the 20th century ex-Peterlini industrial building and the 19th century Manifattura Tabacchi in Rovereto. The exhibition is focused on mapping and analyzing the cultural and political ecology of space and its public-ness, through the notion of “critical regionalism” (by the architectural theorist Kenneth Frampton).
Artists: Alterazioni Video, Michelangelo Antonioni, Knut Asdam, Bernadette Corporation, Margrét H. Blöndal, Michal Budny, BURGHARD, Nina Canell, Libia Castro & Olafur Olafsson, Claire Fontaine, Oskar Dawicki, Evelina Deicmane, Rä di Martino, Miklós Erhardt and Little Warsaw, Igor Eškinja, Tim Etchells, _fabrics interseason, Famed, Didier Fiuza Faustino, João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, Heide Hinrichs, Heidrun Holzfeind, Runa Islam, Ricardo Jacinto, Ragnar Kjartansson, Barbora Klímová, Daniel Knorr, Adam Leech, Deborah Ligorio, Miks Mitrevics, Christian Philipp Müller, Ewa Partum, Gianni Pettena, Riccardo Previdi, Philippe Rahm, Pamela Rosenkranz, Janek Simon, Luca Trevisani, Tatiana Trouvé, Uqbar Foundation, Guido Van der Werve, Nico Vascellari, Danh Vo, Johannes Vogl, Stephen Willats, ZimmerFrei.
‘Auditory Epode’ curated by Tobi Maier:
Florian Hecker, Anna Ostoya, the next ENTERprise, Chris Watson, Zafos Xagoraris
“manifeSTATION” curated by the Office for Cognitive Urbanism (Andreas Spiegl, Christian Teckert):
Azra Aksamija, Andreas Duscha, Sonia Leimer, Christian Mayer, Kamen Stoyanov, Adrien Tirtiaux, Anna Witt.
‘Matter of Fact’ curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen:
Jeremiah Day, Renzo Martens, Adam Pendleton, Falke Pisano/Will Holder, Ricardo Valentim.
‘Social Art Praxis’ curated by Cornelia Lauf :
Airswap, Aspramente, Publink.
Anselm Franke and Hila Peleg will curate “The Soul (or, Much Trouble in the Transportation of Souls)” at the former Post Office, a rationalist building from the 1930s in Trento, proposing to examine today’s Europe not as an expanding geopolitical entity but in regard to the engineering of its psyche or soul.
Artists: Nader Ahriman, Maria Thereza Alves/Jimmie Durham/Michael Taussig, Tamy Ben-Tor, Attila Bruni, Beth Campbell, Fabio Campolongo, Marcus Coates, Peter Coffin, Keren Cytter, Jos De Gruyter/Harald Thys, Massimiliano & Gianluca De Serio, Brigid Doherty, Omer Fast, Peter Friedl, Stefano Graziani, Tom Holert,/Claudia Honecker, Karl Holmqvist, Hannah, Hurtzig, Joachim Koester, Andree Korpys/Markus Loffler, Kuehn/Malvezzi, Daria Martin, Angela Melitopoulos, Xisco Mensua, Valérie Mréjen, Rabih Mroué, Andreas Müller, Sina Najafi, Rosalind Nashashibi, Luigi Ontani, Ria Pacquée, Bernd Ribbeck, Pietro Roccasalva, Roee Rosen, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Florian Schneider, Eyal Sivan, Josef Strau, Javier Tellez, Althea Thauberger, Ann-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Barbara Visser, Klaus Weber, Eyal Weizman.
Raqs Media Collective (formed by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula & Shuddhabrata Sengupta) will present their exhibition “The Rest of Now” at ex-Alumix, an industrial building from the beginning of the 20th century in Bolzano. The collective is interested in thinking about what happens when things are rendered as valuable in this world. It is an attempt to come to terms with the self-fulfilling amnesia of Capitalism, and to see what can be salvaged from the oblivion to which the residues of Modernism are normally consigned.
Artists: David Adjaye, Stefano Bernardi, Kristina Braein, Yane Calovski, Candida TV, contemporary culture index, Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska, Harold de Bree, Latifa Echakhch, Marcos Chaves, etoy.CORPORATION, Anna Faroqhi, Ivana Franke, Matthew Fuller, Francesco Gennari, Ranu Ghosh, Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty, Anawana Haloba in collaboration with Francesca Grilli, Graham Harwood, Nikolaus Hirsch & Michel Müller, Hiwa K, Emre Hüner, Helen Jilavu, Sanjay Kak, Zilvinas Kempinas, Reinhard Kropf and Siv Helene Stangeland, Anders Krueger, Lawrence Liang, Charles Lim Yi Yong, m-city, Teresa Margolles, Walter Niedermayr, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Martin Pichlmair, Piratbyran, Jaime Pitarch, Prof. Bad Trip, Katerina Šedá, Dayanita Singh, TEUFELSgroup, Meg Stuart, Melati Suryodarmo, Jörgen Svensson, Hansa Thapliyal, Alexander Vaindorf, Judi Werthein, Graham Harwood / Richard Wright / Matsuko Yokokoji, Darius Ziura.
Special Projects: Hot Desking, Tabula Rasa: 111 days on a long table.
The entire curatorial team will converge for the fourth exhibition venue, the Austrian fortress of Fortezza, with “Projected Scenarios.” It will be an ‘immaterial’ exhibition that attempts to shift the site of the exhibition to the imagination of the listening visitor. Writers from all over the world contribute texts especially developed for this context. As voice recordings, the texts will be installed as sound works in the interior spaces of the fortress.
Artists: Shahid Amin, Hélène Binet, Brave New Alps, Adriana Cavarero, Mladen Dolar, Harun Farocki, Martino Gamper, Karo Goldt, Larry Gottheim, Renée Green, Ant Hampton, Hannes Hoelzl, Timo Kahlen, Karl Kels, Thomas Meinecke, Glen Neath, Margareth Obexer, Philippe Rahm, Arundhati Roy, Saskia Sassen, Michael Snow, Saadi Yousef.