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What does a pot of plants, a pair of kickboxing shorts and a painting of the execution of Louis XVI have in common? These are all some of the materials presented in Sourcing Manifesta, an exhibition with notes, photographs, sketches, emails, books, objects, and other preparatory materials related to the artistic practices and curatorial methods of Manifesta 11’s What People Do for Money: Some Joint Ventures.
Picking up on various positions, be it about the Historical Exhibition or the New Commissions, the materials are a loose and fragmentary view of the biennale’s curatorial ideas. Throughout the exhibition period additional and new materials will be presented.
The project originated in discussions with Curator Christian Jankowski, Co-Curator of the Historical Section, Francesca Gavin, Curatorial and Editorial Advisor, John Beeson, as well as the Curatorial Coordinators Masha Isserlis and Georgina Casparis. These moments were helpful in deciphering foci of the curatorial team, e.g. the concept being less focused on the notion of labour but rather specifically on professional groups or Jankowski’s curatorial method, important encounters or what it means to pursue collaborative or participative processes.
The curators of Counter Space, Linda Jensen and Angelo Romano visited Jankowski’s studio in Berlin in February 2016 and came across a massive amount of files. The materials included preparatory materials: lists for the historical exhibition, correspondences, architectural blue prints etc.
Presented are also source materials by artists from the New Commissions, wherein we see how artists visualize their ideas, as well as artworks finally not included in the show, or artists selecting new hosts.
Sourcing Manifesta is part of Manifesta‘s Parallel Events and is on view until September 10th, 2016.
Artists: Alice Boner, Matyáš Chochola, Pablo Helguera, Michel Houellebecq, Fermín Jiménez Landa, Jon Kessler, Leigh Ledare, Jon Rafman, Santiago Sierra, Franz Erhard Walther and Sabine Schlatter.