Manifesta 12 Palermo Atlas: A new tool for a nomadic biennial

How did biennial Manifesta manage to shed a new light on Palermo?

11 september 2018

De Ziel van Zout (Soul of Salt) by Dutch artist Patricia Kaersenhout during Manifesta 12. The installation symbolizes the sea salt of the Atlantic Ocean that transported Africans to Caribbean plantations to work as slaves. The artwork gained significance by placing it in the Palazzo Forcella De Seta in Palermo, a city were history and the topical matter of immigration meet.

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Participants include:
Zef Hemel, Professor Urban and Regional Planning, University of Amsterdam (moderator);
Leoluca Orlando, Politician and Mayor of the City of Palermo, Italy;
Hedwig Fijen, Founding Director of Manifesta, the European nomadic Biennial;
Bregtje van der Haak, Dutch journalist and filmmaker, Creative Mediator Manifesta 12; and
Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Architect and partner at Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Creative Mediator Manifesta 12.

Following the book launch a discussion will be held with participants from different Dutch institutions like Prince Claus Fund, Mondriaan Fund, DutchCulture as well as individual artists like Richard Vijgen.

Palermo Atlas
Manifesta commissioned for the first time a new methodological research study by OMA, “The Palermo Atlas”, to decode the city of Palermo as a pre-biennial exploration and as a potential view whether Palermo might serve as a prototype for the world to come. In the debate, participants will discuss how Manifesta 12 has penetrated the stratification and syncretism of Palermo’s cultures.

Dutch Trail
For the first time in its history, Manifesta 12 in Palermo included a specific Dutch component called Dutch Trail into the Biennial as an initiative of the Dutch Embassy in Rome and supported by DutchCulture, in which Dutch artists, thinkers, designers, architects, galleries, institutions and universities were taking part in a multiple series of programs parallel to the Biennial. 

Manifesta, the European nomadic biennial, originally a Dutch initiative, wants to be more than merely a sum of individual changing exhibitions, and therefore has a unique concept in which the biennial is co-creating together with the Host city a two years program of transition and transformation, inclusive and participatory to create a unique legacy of civic experimentation. Manifesta 12 “The Planetary Garden, Cultivating Co-existence”, is currently on view in Palermo until 4 November 2018.

Practical information
Date: Tuesday 11 September, 2018
Time: 20:00-21:30 hrs
Venue: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
Entrance is free, please note: NO MORE SEATS AVAILABLE, FULLY BOOKED