Today’s post is from Natalie Heidaripour, Project Officer (Peace and Reconciliation Gallery).
This was my first experience of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, which this year was held in the Spanish cities of Murcia and Cartagena. The artworks were amazing. They were displayed across the cities in venues including a recently closed prison, an old post office and former artillery barracks. You can view photos from Manifesta 8 on Flickr.
There were many weird and wonderful works but the ones that have stuck with me are: Neil Beloude’s film Kempinski which includes the line ‘I am the only man who lives with hundreds of oxen…my wife the cow has given birth to two cows and the baptism is for tomorrow. The orchestra will come… the party will be beautiful,” Willie Doherty’s mesmerising and beautiful film Segura which was shot over 24 hours in Murcia and Celine Condorelli’s moving work, There is Nothing Left, exploring memory and loss and the movement of communities. Although sometimes bewildering (to me) it was a really interesting experience. I went with a group of colleagues from the West Midlands including staff from Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Ikon, The New Art Gallery, Walsall and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, who were much more familiar with the artists, works and art biennials in general. It was really useful to discuss both the works and the success or otherwise of Manifesta but also ways we can work together.
Finally, check out Simon Fujiwara’s Phallusies which I think we should definitely consider for the Egypt exhibition!
Manifesta runs from 09/10/10 – 09/01/11
Posted on 04/01/2011, in Contemporary Art and tagged Celine Condorelli, coventry, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Manifesta, Neil Beloude, Simon Fujiwara, Willie Doherty. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.