PALERMO, ITALY - 15 JUNE 2018: Artist Alberto Baraya's mixed media installation "New Herbs from Palermo and Surroundings. A Sicilian Expedition" (2018) is seen here in a greenhouse of the Botanical Garden during Manifesta 12, the European nomadic art biennal, in Palermo, Italy, on June 15th 2018.
Manifesta is the European Nomadic Biennial, held in a different host city every two years. It is a major international art event, attracting visitors from all over the world. Manifesta was founded in Amsterdam in the early 1990s as a European biennial of contemporary art striving to enhance artistic and cultural exchanges after the end of Cold War. In the next decade, Manifesta will focus on evolving from an art exhibition into an interdisciplinary platform for social change, introducing holistic urban research and legacy-oriented programming as the core of its model.
Manifesta is still run by its original founder, Dutch historian Hedwig Fijen, and managed by a permanent team of international specialists.
The City of Palermo was important for Manifesta’s selection board for its representation of two important themes that identify contemporary Europe: migration and climate change and how these issues impact our cities.