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Manifesta 12 The Planetary Garden: Cultivating Coexistence

Manifesta 12 Palermo explores coexistence in a world moved by invisible networks, transnational private interests, algorithmic intelligence, environmental crisis and ever-increasing inequalities. It looks at this world through the unique lens of Palermo – a city at the crossroads of three continents in the heart of the Mediterranean. Closely collaborating with Palermitan partners, Manifesta 12 co-inhabits Palermo, as an ideal place to investigate the challenges of our time, and to experiment with traces of possible futures.

The Planetary Garden: Cultivating Coexistence hosts three main sections: Garden of Flows, Out of Control Room and City on Stage. It takes place in the magnificent Botanical Garden and numerous other historical, sacred, modern and previously abandoned locations in the city center and beyond. It re-occupies the Teatro Garibaldi as the heart and central meeting place of Manifesta 12.

Manifesta 12 is curated by an interdisciplinary group of Creative Mediators composed of Bregtje van der Haak, a renowned Dutch documentary filmmaker and journalist; Andrés Jaque, a Spanish architect, founder of the Office for Political Innovation and professor at Columbia University; Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, a Sicilian-born architect and partner at OMA/AMO and Mirjam Varadinis, a Swiss contemporary art curator at Kunsthaus Zurich. The biennale was preceded and informed by Palermo Atlas, an urban study by OMA/AMO commissioned by Manifesta 12 and the city of Palermo.

Tutto by Matilde Cassani
Tutto by Matilde Cassani
Jelila Attika
Jelila Attika
Protocollo no. 90/6 by Masbedo
The Drowned World by Michael Wang
New Herbs from Palermo and Surroundings. A Sicilian Expedition by Alberto Baraya
Pteridophilia by Zheng Bo
Palermo Herbal by Malin  Franzen
The Drowned World by Michael Wang
Night Soil by Melanie Bonajo
Notte di San Lorenzo by Renato Leotta
What Is Above Is What Is Below by Cooking Sections
Across the Border by Filipo Minelli
The Body ’s Legacies: The Post-Colonial Body by Kader Attia
The Soul of Salt by Patricia Kaersenhout
Signal  Flow by Laura Poitras
Theatre of the Sun by Fallen Fruit
New Herbs from Palermo and Surroundings. A Sicilian Expedition by Alberto Baraya
Wishing Trees by Uriel Orlow
The Gardner's Revenge by Lungiswa Gqunta
Becoming Garden by Coloco and Gilles Clément.
ZEN by Coloco & Gilles Clément
Da quassù è tutta un by Rotor
I'm happy to own my implicit biases by Nora Turato
Liquid violence by Forensic Oceanography
Wishing Trees by Uriel Orlow
Wishing Trees by Uriel Orlow
New Palermo Felicissima by Jordi Colomer