Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

The Brazil-based artist's diverse body of work brings together radical anthropology, warped reweavings of the modernist grid and a fascination with the stick-insect family in an elegant assault on the nature/culture divide

By Chris Sharp

Masks, 2012. Courtesy Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo Equal (Cut), 2008 (installation view, Ateliê 397, São Paulo). Courtesy Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo Phasmides, 2012, 16mm film transferred to HD video, colour, mute, 22 min 41 sec. Courtesy Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo Morfogenesis – Cripsis, 2013. Courtesy Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo U and Quebreira, both 2013 (installation view, Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre). Courtesy Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo

Writing about the work of the Rio de Janeiro-based Catalan artist Daniel Steegmann Mangrané feels like it has as much to do with confronting a series of philosophical propositions as it does with grappling with his production as an artist. This is not to say that his very considered and delicate output – which comprises drawings, paintings, sculptures, films, installations and interventions – even or especially on a formal level, is by any means negligible. It just means that in…

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