Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
Mano con hojas

In the hologram “Mano con hojas” (”Hand with Leaves”, 2013), nature is portrayed simultaneously as an interconnected system of processes and the essence of the universe. A change in the understanding of nature challenges the understanding of our own natures. The visual metaphor of the human hand enmeshed and inextricably entangled with leaves suggests that humans cannot be divorced from nature, and moreover that they are always engaging with the problematic of overtaking nature or being overtaken by it. Each technological advance modifies our understanding of both natures, from the ancient Greek notion of physis to the current multiverse of human history.

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané was born in 1977 in Barcelona. He lives and works between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s practice involves various mediums and creates subtle, poetic, but inevitably raw experiments that question the position of language in the world. Although primarily conceptual in nature, his installations engage the imagination of the spectator and display a strong concern with the existence and features of concrete objects. Steegmann Mangrané activates abstract language as a thought-generating principle that articulates unstable meanings. Of equal importance to his work is the question of circulation and exchange between the body and the natural environment.