DID NOT WANT TO HAVE HUMAN FORM, HUMAN FLESH OR HUMAN MATTER

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
17.02 - 18.03.2016

Viewed in a dark room and submitted to the disorienting effect created by the abrupt shifts in perspective, one begins to see the landscape for its particular elements, abstracted from the familiarity as leaf, branch or tree. By imposing a constantly shifting orientation of the image, Spiral Forest evokes a vivid physical experience but at the same time its structure reminds the spectator of the separation between gaze and corporeal being. Steegmann Mangrané looks at how technological forms has transformed our understanding of nature and our place in the universe. With each change in our conception of nature, we have also to adjust our understanding of our own nature. The work allows us to be situated in a new perspective, echoing the Amerindian cosmologies that have so strongly influenced his practice.
Throughout the walls one finds 5 poems by Stela do Patrocínio, transcribed by Viviane Mosé. Carla Guagliardi, a Brazilian artist based in Berlin, introduced Steegmann Mangrané to Patrocinio’s poems, which have become a strong influence on him ever since then. The poems are fragmented by geometric designs resembling the ones found in the collage Kiti Ka’aeté (2011) also displayed in the show. Steegmann Mangrané’s geometric designs have overlaped with photography, here they are juxtaposed with Patrocinio’s radical discourse. The work becomes a register of the contradictions and the supposed illness of her thinking processes which are echoed by the straight lines cutting letters of the texts.

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané was born in 1977 in Barcelona, Spain, and lives in Rio de Janeiro.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Animal que no existeix–Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, CRAC Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain, Alsace, Altkirch (2014); Cipó, Taioba, Yví, Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro (2013); and Bicho de nariz delicado, Uma certa falta de Coerência (A Certain Lack of Coherence), Porto, Portugal (2013), Duna económica / Maqueta sin calidad, Halfhouse, Barcelona, (2011). Group shows and biennales, include: Triennial: Surround Audience, The New Museum, New York; Species of Spaces, MACBA, Barcelona (all 2015), Ir para volver, 12th Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador; Anti-Narcissus, CRAC Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain, Alsace, Altkirch ( both 2014); Weather Permitting 9th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre; Suicide Narcissus, Renaissance Society, Chicago; Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, 33° Panorama da Arte Brasileira, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo.

With the support of Fundació Antoni Tàpies and Esther Schipper

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