Manifesta 13
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Visual Arts FOCUS MANIFESTA – 100% Online

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From 19 October 2020 to 22 October 2020
From 19 to 22 October 2020, the Institut français presented its first 100% virtual FOCUS - Visual Arts, in partnership with Manifesta, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, in Marseille.

The virtual FOCUS - Visual Arts was held in English and featured digital meetings and conferences online to coincide with Manifesta 13 in Marseille and “contemporary art week” in Paris. These digital events are available for playback below.

Invited professionals

Imma Prieto Imma Prieto - Es Baluard Museu D’art Contemporani De Palma, Director - Spain © DR
Louise Osieka Louise Osieka - CIAP – Kunstverein (Genk), Director - Belgium © DR
Tim Roerig Tim Roerig - Z33 – center for Contemporaray Art, Design & Architecture (Hasselt), Curator - Belgium © DR
Iaroslava Boubnova Iaroslava Boubnova - National Gallery (Sofia), Director - Bulgaria © DR
Nadine Droste Nadine Droste - Kunstverein Bielefeld, Director - Deutschland © DR
Rachel Thomas Rachel Thomas - Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), Head of Exhibitions and Senior Curator - Ireland © DR
Paul Fahy Paul Fahy - Galway Arts Festival, Director - Ireland © DR
Maria Hlavajova Maria Hlavajova - BAK, basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht), Artistic Director - Netherlands © DR
Magdalena Komornicka Magdalena Komornicka - National Gallery of Art (Warsaw), Curator - Poland © DR
Diana Marincu Diana Marincu - Art Encounters Foundation (Timișoara, European Capital of Culture 2021), Artistic Director - Romania © DR
Ioana Serban Ioana Serban - MARe/Museum of Recent Art (Bucharest), Curator - Romania © DR
Andrea Palasti Andrea Palasti - Foundation Novi Sad 2021 (European Capital of Culture 2021), Curator for Visual Arts - Serbia © DR
Zorana Djakovic Minniti Zorana Djakovic Minniti - Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Associate director of programmes - Serbia © DR
Lucia Gregorová Stach Lucia Gregorová Stach - Slovak National Gallery (Bratislava), Head of the collections of Modern and Contemporary Art - Slovakia © DR
Nerea De Diego Nerea De Diego - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Huarte (Pamplona), Co-Director - Spain © DR
Helen Hirsch Helen Hirsch - Kunstmuseum Thun, Director - Switzerland © DR

Discover the program of the FOCUS

Find below the replays of each talk


#1: Online talk and Q&A about Manifesta 13 with Hedwig Fijen, Manifesta Director and founder; Manifesta Curator Alya Sebti, director of Berlin’s ifa Gallery; Jean-Christophe Arcos , Coordinator of PAC network in Marseille and the South Region; Primavera Gomes Caldes, Tiers programme Education and Mediation ; Béatrice Simonet, Parallèles Events Coordinator.

#2: Artist/curator talk with Wilfrid Almendra and Cedric Fauq

#3: Artist/curator talk with Sara Ouhaddou and Alya Sebti

#4: Conversation with Marcel Duchamp prize nominees: Kapwani Kiwanga (winner 2020) and Enrique Ramirez

#5: Artist talk with Abraham Poincheval and Lou Colombani, Director of Parallèle (Marseille)

#6: Artist/curator talk with Sara Sadik and Céline Kopp

#7: Artist talk with Nicolas Floc’h and FRAC PACA Director Pascal Neveu

#8: Artists/curator Talk with Zineb Sedira, Yasmina Reggad, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

#9: Conversation with Marcel Duchamp prize nominees: Alice Anderson and Hicham Berrada

#10: Artist/curator talk with Euridice Zaituna Kala and Camille Chenais


Moderation: Adeline Blanchard, responsible for visual arts, Institut français


Replays of the FOCUS talks (Click on the visuals)

Meeting #1Online talk and Q&A about Manifesta 13 in Marseille

MANIFESTA 13 – The European Nomadic Biennial of Contemporary Art

For its thirteenth edition, the 2020 Manifesta Biennial will be held for the first time in France, in Marseille. Manifesta 13 is made up of three interconnected programmes, developed over the past two years and continually evolving: Traits d’union.s, the main programme, Le Tiers Programme, the education and mediation programme, and the programme of parallel events, Les Parallèles du Sud (with over 80 projects in France's Région Sud).

Manifesta was founded by the Dutch art historian Hedwig Fijen.

The artistic team for the 13th edition of Manifesta includes:

  • The Moroccan exhibition curator Alya Sebti, currently Director of the ifa Gallery in Berlin;
  • The Russian exhibition curator Katerina Chuchalina, based in Moscow where she is currently Director of Programming at the V-A-C Foundation, in Moscow and Venice;
  • The German exhibition curator and artistic director Stefan Kalmàr, currently Director of the ICA in London.

The Institut français is offering a circuit featuring artists on the French scene participating in Manifesta, via digital encounters. These digital talks will be available for playback on the Institut français website. 

Different partner venues involved in “Les Parallèles du Sud”, museums, institutions, art centres, FRACs and leading contemporary art establishments in Marseille, in partnership with the city and the Région Sud, will also be highlighted through this virtual FOCUS programme. 

The emphasis is on promoting artists from the French – and more specifically Marseille – scene and bringing them together online with international professionals invited by the Institut français and the cultural network around the world.



Adeline Blanchard - Responsible for Visual Arts 

Joséphine Loux - Production supervisor of the FOCUS 

FOCUS visual arts in figures

FOCUS is a major influence for artistic identification to enrich the programming of foreign partners and to contribute to a better diffusion of French artists.

FOCUS Visual Arts consists of bringing together a delegation of foreign contemporary art professionals for a few days to explore an artistic programme in Paris and around France. Since 2010, they have successfully contributed to:

  • the diffusion of more than 125 French artists
  • more than 100 exhibition projects around the world
  • the invitation of more than 250 international curators in France