Manifesta, the roving European Biennial of Contemporary Art, is a European pan-regional contemporary cultural Biennale.
It was set by the contemporary historian Hedwig Fijen to favor the dialogue between culture and society through art. The 12th edition takes place in Palermo till November.
The main theme is “The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence”. Artists expose in different locations: the Botanical Garden; Butera palace, the XVIII century residence of Belforte Princes later acquired by the passionate collectors Massimo and Francesca Valsecchi; Costantino palace; Garibaldi theatre and many others.
Among the works, Article 11 of the cuban artist Tania Bruguera denouncing the installation of three communication antennas upon a hill in Sicily.
The tour begins in the Botanical Garden, founded in 1789. The part which is more politically committed is the one taking place in the Kalsa, the Arab heart of the medieval Palermo.