What People Do For Money

Publication, 2016
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What People Do for Money is published on the occasion of the 11th edition of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. Curated by artist Christian Jankowski, the biennial permeates the social fabric of Zurich by initiating collaborative projects between artists and citizens from different worlds of work.

What People Do for Money features these joint ventures between artists and professionals and gives insight into the cooperation from the professionals’ perspective. The catalogue furthermore includes illustrations of the thematic exhibition, documentation of the Pavillon of Reflections on Lake Zurich, commentaries, stills from the film programme, sociological research and new literary texts.

It records the collective art experience Manifesta 11, preserves the content of the temporary event and conveys it to readers beyond Zurich. All texts are in English and German.

Design by Ruedi Baur


From its inception, Manifesta has made publications an integral part of the biennial process as a way to document different elements of each edition, from the pre-biennial process to an in-depth look into our diverse programmes.

Through these publications, we aim to foster dialogue, expand knowledge and create a lasting legacy for each biennial edition. From in-depth essays and insight from Manifesta’s director, creative mediators and a wide variety of stakeholders, to captivating visuals and behind-the-scenes glimpses, our publications provide a comprehensive exploration of the ideas and concepts explored during our biennial.