Manifesta 7 Trentino
19 Jul - 02 Nov 2008
The European Biennial of Contemporary Art
Trentino - South Tirol, Italy
19 July - 2 November 2008
Manifesta 7, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, which for the first time took place in Italy, formally came to an end on November 2, 2008 after a period of 111 days of intense activity. Manifesta 7 was curated as a collaborative effort by three teams, consisting of Adam Budak, Anselm Franke / Hila Peleg and Raqs Media Collective, and was organised by a large international team, which was managed by Hedwig Fijen, Andreas Hapkemeyer and Fabio Cavallucci. Manifesta 7 attracted more than 108,000 visitors.
The positive response to Manifesta 7 has been confirmed by the presence of numerous, different audience groups, as well as the widespread coverage in the local, national and international press. Art critics have described this edition as the best Manifesta so far. 1,615 journalists from Italy and abroad registered to visit the Manifesta 7 exhibitions. These events showcased painting, sculpture, video, installation and sound works, the majority of which were specially conceived for the occasion by 230 participating artists, architects and writers from around the world.
Anawana Haloba in collaboration with Francesca Grilli
Andreas Müller with David Bennewith
Andree Korpys and Markus Löffler
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven
Brave New Alps
Büro für kognitiven urbanismus/Office for cognitive urbanism
Charles Lim Li Yong
Christian Philipp Müller
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Didier Fiuza Faustino
Eveli ̄na Deicˇmane
Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio
Graham Harwood, Richard Wright and Matsuko Yokokoji
Guido van der Werve
Harold de Bree
I. Helen Jilavu
João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva
Jos De Gruyter and Harald Thys
Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson
Margrét H. Blöndal
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Mazzoni’s Trento Palace: To the Return of Color
Miklós Erhardt and Little Warsaw
Mobile Academy, Hannah Hurtzig, Chris Kondek, in collaboration with Karin Harrasser
Natascha Sadr Haghighian
Neil Cummings & Marysia Lewandowska
Nikolaus Hirsch & Michel Müller
Piratbyrån (The Bureau of Piracy)
Professor Bad Trip (Gianluca Lerici)
Rä di Martino
Reinhard Kropf & Siv Helene Stangeland
Rupali Gupte & Prasad Shetty
Social Art Praxis
The Museum for Franco Basaglia
The Museum of European Normality
the Museum of Learning Things
The Museum of projective personality Testing
the Museum of the Stealing of Souls
Tom Holert with Claudia Honecker
Manifesta 7, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art is hosted by the Trentino – South Tyrol Region from July 19 to November 2. It takes place in Italy for the first time, stretching across an entire regional territory, encompassing venues in four cities along a course of 150 kilometers joining the north and south of Europe along the Brenner axis: Fortezza (Bressanone), ex Alumix in Bolzano, the Palazzo delle Poste in Trento, Manifattura Tabacchi, ex Peterlini and the train station in Rovereto.
The exhibitions of Manifesta 7 in Fortezza, Bolzano, Trento and Rovereto, including a number of special projects, host more than 230 artists, architects, writers and experts from around the world and the majority of the paintings, sculptures, videos, installations and sound works on show have been specially created for Manifesta 7.
In Rovereto, Adam Budak develops his exhibition Principle Hope in both the 20th Century industrial building of the ex Peterlini and the 19th Century Manifattura Tabacchi and manifestation, curated by the Office for Cognitive Urbanism, takes place at the train station of Rovereto.
Anselm Franke/Hila Peleg in Trento curate the exhibition THE SOUL (or, Much Trouble in the Transportation of Souls) at the Palazzo delle Poste, a functionalist building from the 1930s.
Raqs Media Collective, formed by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula & Shuddhabrata Sengupta, present their exhibition The Rest of Now in Bolzano at the ex Alumix, another industrial building from the early 20th Century; a series of events entitled Tabula Rasa, by Denis Isaia in conversation with Raqs Media Collective, is presented over the 111 opening days in Room 124 of the ex Alumix.
The entire curatorial team works together at the final exhibition venue, the Austrian fortress of Fortezza, with Scenarios, a project exploring the concept of the immaterial dimension.
Particular attention is dedicated to educational activities throughout the entire region, with a special didactic program linking all the various exhibitions. The didactic team invites people to approach contemporary art in a way that freely shows their own personality and imagination, to build a hospitable place where opinions can be recognized and re-valued. Guided tours in English, Italian and German are available during opening hours, as well as a range of special projects, education materials and activities for school classes.
Silvana Editoriale has published three catalogues for Manifesta 7: INDEX, a guide book dedicated to the four exhibitions and the participating artists (in Italian, German and English); COMPANION, a volume of critical and theoretical studies about the shows and artistic projects (in English); SCENARIOS, a monograph edition dedicated to the Fortezza project (in Italian, German, English).
Together with Manifesta 7, many Parallel Events take place throughout the two provinces: a selected program incorporating 48 events in South Tyrol and 50 in Trentino. This includes exhibitions, events, performances and concerts supported by many of the numerous institutions and associations that have made of this region into such a dynamic territory for contemporary art.