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Manifesta 9

Manifesta 9, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, took place between 2 June–30 September 2012 in Genk, Belgium.


Emre Hüner, “A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe”
Installation view, Manifesta 9
Curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina, Manifesta 9 aimed to create a complex dialogue between different layers of art and history under the concept of “Deep of the Modern”. The originating point of the exhibition was the venue of this edition: the impressive site of the former Waterschei mine in Genk. Medina developed the concept for Manifesta 9 to address the social and societal impact of the recent past in Limburg. “The Deep of the Modern” is presented as a triptych: Poetics of Restructuring, the Age of Coal and 17 Tons. For the first time in the history of the Manifesta Biennial the exhibition presented not only an international, industry-leading selection of contemporary art, but also consisted of an impressive collection of historical works and in addition displayed a rich mining heritage in a surprising and innovative way. SAHA supported the production of Emre Hüner’s work entitled “A Little Larger than the Entire Universe”. Hüner’s work brought together several disparate elements, including handcrafted sculptures, found objects, patterns and images that create a non-linear fictional plot linking social structures to pre-industrial and post-industrial societies.

About the Curator

Cuauhtémoc Medina curated the Manifesta 9 Biennial in association with Katerina Gregos and Dawn Ades.

Art critic, curator and historian Cuauhtémoc Medina (Mexico City) is a full time researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He was the first Associate Curator of Art Latin American Collections at the Tate Modern in the UK. He was also the director of the 7th International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory held in Mexico City in 2009. Born in 1965, Medina is one of the founders of Teratoma, an independent arts organization of curators, critics and anthropologists based in Mexico City.

About Manifesta

Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, started out as a Dutch initiative and was held for the first time in 1996, Rotterdam.

Manifesta is the only itinerant European Biennial of Contemporary Art. Unlike most biennials, Manifesta is held at a different location each time. Manifesta 1 was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1996. Since then, the event has been held in Luxembourg (1998), Ljubljana (2000), Frankfurt (2002) and San Sebastian (Spain) in 2004. Manifesta was due to be held in Nicosia, Cyprus in 2006 but was cancelled at the last minute. In 2008, Manifesta 7 took place in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy and Manifesta 8, in the region of Murcia, Spain, in 2010. Manifesta purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centers of artistic production. Its nomadic character differentiates Manifesta from other organizations. For further information on Manifesta:
manifesta.org   manifesta9.org