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Manifesto, 2015/2017





Manifesto (n. 1–12), 2015/2017

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Manifesto (n. 1–12)
LightJet print, 170 x 135 cm
Edition 6 + 2 ap

The photo works were created in the context of the 13-channel film installation Manifesto (2015), that pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artist manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today. Manifesto draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers. Passing the ideas of Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevich, André Breton, Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt, Jim Jarmusch, and other influencers through his lens, Rosefeldt has edited and reassembled thirteen collages of artists’ manifestos. 

Performing this 'manifesto of manifestos' as a contemporary call to action, while inhabiting thirteen different personas – among them a school teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man – Australian actress Cate Blanchett imbues new dramatic life into both famous and lesser known words in unexpected contexts. 

Rosefeldt’s work reveals both the performative component and the political significance of these declarations. Often written in youthful rage, they not only express the wish to change the world through art but also reflect the voice of a generation. Exploring the powerful urgency of these historical statements, which were composed with passion and conviction by artists many years ago, Manifesto questions whether the words and sentiments have withstood the passage of time. Can they be applied universally? And how have the dynamics between politics, art and life shifted? 

Manifesto has been co-commissioned by the ACMI – Australian Centre for the Moving Image Melbourne, the Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney, the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Sprengel Museum Hanover. The work is co-produced by the Burger Collection Hong Kong and the Ruhrtriennale. It was realized thanks to the generous support of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and in cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk.
Exhibitions / Catalogues
The Cindy Sherman Effect, Kunstforum Wien, Vienna, January–June 2020 (curated by Bettina M. Busse)
Julian Rosefeldt. Manifesto, Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, October 2018–January 2019
– Avant-Garde and Apocalypse: Film and Photography by Julian Rosefeldt, Dirimart Nisantasi and Dirimart Dolapdere, Istanbul, May–June, 2018
– Julian Rosefeldt. Manifesto. Works 2005–2017, HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, September–December 2017
Gebbers, Anna-Catharina, et al., eds. Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto. Exh. cat. Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Sprengel Museum, Hannover. London, 2015.
Photo Works / Manifesto, 2015/2017