Press Release

“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.



International exhibitions

International Archives 2nd half of 2023

Daniel Steegman Mangrane, A Leaf Shapes the Eye

MACBA, Barcelona (Spain)

17.11.2023 - 11.02.2024




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-humans and non-living elements.

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-Concrete artists. Like them, Steegmann Mangrané considers sensory engagement as a socio-political and democratic entry point to artwork, dissolving boundaries that attempt to compartmentalise our experience of the world and transforming the exhibition from an inanimate object-to-be-seen into an ever-changing entity to be experienced with our bodies and all our senses.

A Leaf Shapes the Eye is Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’ first retrospective and brings together works that span twenty-five years. A choreography between space, light, objects, and people, the exhibition is an invitation to engage physically, sensorially and intellectually, and reshape our relationship with nature.

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 - 11 February 2024. MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Plaç dels Àngels, 1 - 08001 Barcelona (Spain). Hours :Monday to Friday : 11:00 am - 7:30 pm. Tuesday (except holidays): Closed. Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm. Sunday and public holidays: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm





Daniel Steegman Mangrane, A Leaf Shapes the Eye, MACBA Barcelona, Spain

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2023. All Rights Reserved

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, La Pensée Férale (detail), 2020.

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, La Pensée Férale (detail), 2020.