Editor’s note: For roughly three years, Hyperallergic has been covering the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and how it manifests in the art world, including recently during the 31st São Paulo Biennial. The following report outlines recent developments in regards to BDS and the positions of various art-related entities.
The chief curator of Manifesta, the roving European Biennial of Contemporary Art, told Deutsche Welle that the biennial has hit an “impasse: nothing’s happening.”
The organizers of Manifesta continued to denounce calls for a relocation or boycott of the biennial at a press conference yesterday in London.
An artist collective called Chto Delat has announced its withdrawal from this year’s edition of Manifesta, scheduled to take open in St. Petersburg in June, amid growing controversy surrounding the policies of the Russian state, according to a statement posted on the group’s Facebook page.
Manifesta 10, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art scheduled to open in the summer of 2014 at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, has received its fair share of publicity these last several weeks.