“Eu era gases puro, ar, espaço vazio, tempo”(I was pure gases, air, empty space, time). This verse by the Brazilian poet Stella do Patrocínio encapsulates the concepts of impermanence and transience that are integral to Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’ artistic practice.
Drawing upon biology and new anthropological discourses as conceptual frameworks, Steegmann Mangranéproposes a holistic worldview in which there is no distinction between humans and their environment, and where relationships between all elements are in constant flux. His works questions the colonial dualisms such as culture and nature, subject and object, reality and dream, while also engaging with the subjectivity and social agency of non-
Having lived in Rio de Janeiro for two decades, Steegmann Mangrané understands the rainforest as more than just a place, but as a living being that embodies the complexities of our contemporary world, whether they be environmental, political, or social, and serves as a metaphor for the delicate balance and interconnectedness of all things. Climate change further reminds us that we are all part of the same organism and entangled within a complex network of relationships of mutual transformation.
Similarly, the artist’ work is greatly influenced by Brazilian Neo-
A Leaf Shapes the Eye is Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’ first retrospective and brings together works that span twenty-
An artist book has been published for the occasion by BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE, CAM—entro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian, Lisboa; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki and MACBA Museu d’rt Contemporani de Barcelona.
In April 2024, the Institute for Postnatural Studies will present Crypsis, a series of experimental activities inspired by animal strategies of camouflage and echolocation which will include performances and listening sessions, using sound to expand the perceptual and conceptual layers of this exhibition.
Exhibition coproduced with Kiasma, Helsinki. Curated by Hiuwai Chu (MACBA) and João Laia, with the support of Piia Oksanen (Kiasma).
Exhibition 17 November 2023 -
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Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, La Pensée Férale (detail), 2020.