Verena Kuni Translated by Alexander ScrimgeourFrieze Issue 69 September 2002
Various, Frankfurt, GermanyAccording to the press release, â€˜Manifesta wants to be an interactive workshop for looking at the latest developments in the realignment of current social, political, economic and cultural realities in Europeâ€™. Practically, this is how it works: European curators who donâ€™t know each other organize a biennial of contemporary art in a European city that they also donâ€™t know, and often with artists whom they (and we) also donâ€™t yet know. At the time of Manifesta 1 (held in Rotterdam in 1996) the idea held a lot of promise. Itâ€™s debatable, however, whether the curators of Manifesta 4 - Iara Bubnova, Nuria Enguiat Mayo and Stephanie Moisdon - really responded constructively to the showâ€™s premise. They travelled around various countries and tried to meet, in their words, â€˜as many individuals as possibleâ€™ and â€˜construct the exhibition from that diverse mapping of a complex processâ€™, but such mission statements have been described, not inappropriately, as amounting to no more than a â€˜K-Mart of buzzwordsâ€™.
CIRO KRAUTHAUSEN - BerlÃn - 26/05/2002 El PaÃs Dos semanas antes de que en Kassel (Alemania) se inaugure la mÃ¡s importante de las muestras internacionales de arte contemporÃ¡neo, la Documenta, en Francfort se abrieron el viernes las puertas de la Manifesta, una dinÃ¡mica bienal en la que participan mÃ¡s de 80 artistas de toda Europa, en su inmensa mayorÃa 'jÃ³venes', 'poco conocidos' y 'conectados con una realidad diversa', segÃºn afirma la espaÃ±ola Nuria Enguita Mayo (Madrid, 1967), que forma parte de la joven y femenina troika directora. 'No quisimos limitar la selecciÃ³n a un tema muy estricto, aun-que sÃ nos han interesado sobre todo aquellas obras que se ocupan del contexto, no sÃ³lo polÃtico y social, sino tambiÃ©n personal y mental', afirma en conversaciÃ³n con este periÃ³dico la historiadora de arte, de 35 aÃ±os, que tambiÃ©n dirige la FundaciÃ³n Antoni TÃ pies, en Barcelona.
Press Manifesta 4. May 24th, Frankfurt Iara Boubnova, Stephanie Moisdon Trembley, Nuria Enguita Mayo A lot of things had been said here already that allows the entrance to our project, so I will try just quickly to add how this project has helped us, and I hope will help also the audience, to clarify better some of the questions that shaped our understanding of the reality. I would say we have acquired this knowledge through the contact and communication with all the participants in Manifesta 4. Thank to them we have gone inside some of the questions, and we have learn about very diverse strategies to discuss given structures in society, as well as very different ways to develop strong personal narratives.