Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain have been working together since 1996. Born respectively in 1974 and 1973 in Brazil, they live and work in Paris.
Fascinated by what goes beyond man and the understanding of the world around him, they draw from scientific, mathematical and literary research systems of representation and writing of time, space, memory and infinity. Inherited from the conceptual statement, established in the use of new mediums of sound, graphic and plastic creation, their thought process appears in a meticulous, uncluttered and poetic formalism. Linguist/semiologist and graphic designer respectively, Detanico and Lain question the use of graphic signs in society. Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain continue to question the role of language and its symbolic and physical place in our society. They approach literature, philosophy and poetry with great respect.
After working from rather scientific texts (Galileo, Copernicus or Ptolemy), thus Gilles Deleuze, Paul Valéry, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Sapphô, Emilie Dickinson, Gertrude Stein and Jacques Roubaud appear in their field. They are now working on Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
Two of their works will be exhibited at OFFSCREEN Paris: Your Missing Words (2022) a black and white animated projection about the evocation, the memory, the ghost, a long portrait of a loved one, where the details blend and the image is slightly blurred… and Vanitas (2022), a font that spells out the word DESIRE with flowers.
Inaugurated in 2005 in le Marais with the very first exhibition of the filmmaker Agnès Varda, Martine Aboucaya presents international contemporary artists whose intimately conceptual practice often reveals an obsession with simple gestures linked to observation.
The gallery’s identity takes roots in a continuous search for a poetic form of experiment, with a particular attention in artistic process and protocol…
This exploration, linked above all to the field of ideas, takes shape in a wide range of media.
In addition to its shows, the gallery offers since its opening a rich program of meetings, conferences and readings, and publishes limited editions, artist’s books and poetry.