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A Manifesta without a manifesto: contemporary art in St Petersburg

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Kit Messham-Muir

Manifesta 10 walks a tightrope between confronting Russia’s right-wing drift and avoiding being shut down.

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Wolfgang Tillmans, Arkadia I, 1996 (detail). St. Petersburg Installation. Courtesy Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne, Germany. Commissioned by MANIFESTA 10, St. Petersburg. Image via

About the author

Kit Messham-Muir is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory at University of Newcastle. He does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

This article was originally published on The Conversation.