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And see the land where corals lie , 2017

An exhibition in London, at Clearview.ltd
May 20th - May 22nd 2017










Where corals lie, 2017, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves







« Questioning the materiality of the screen while filling it up with content – in general moving images - , the practice of Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves may revolve around the idea that the world we see is always our own unknowable creation. Through his sculptures and videos – and their in-between, the augmented sculptures - , the artist has always been dealing with the way we create and use images in order to tell our stories – whether these are personal or collectives. The two videos screened at the occasion of « And see the land where corals lie » at clearview are two interesting cases to expand on that matter.


Bulkyri (2015), the tale of a mystical hero-painter, could be read as the myth of a creator of images. If it is difficult to say what the painter generates as images – he is either covering a rock with black paint or seemingly trying to write in a cryptic language – his presence on the screen, in a « real » environment or a « virtual » one, is always troubling the surface he is appearing on, until he becomes a screen itself, merging with the ocean. Rouge Ultra (2015) is also delving into the gap in between the real and the virtual, the solid and the void, the living and the deceased, permanentlty renegociating the relations between them. Recounting the obsession of a young man for morbid images – an obsession which takes its roots in the death of a friend he witnessed – the film is questioning the screen both as a reflector and producer of images, images we then re-project onto the world through the creation of MORE images.

During his residency in Tehran (Iran) in April 2017, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves developed a whole new body of work – both sculptural and video – which he talks about as an attempt to materialise the « hors champ » (out of frame). The sculptures he developed for « And see the land where corals lie » are a continuation of this research and become, here, the foreground of his two videos – screened alternatively -. Hidden creatures from the ocean depths and display devices staging the unseen, they are blocking the way to the projected videos while highlighting them – asking : where is the third dimension ? »



Text by Cédric Fauq













Wave and Shell


And see the land where corals lie, 2017, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves



And see the land where corals lie, 2017, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves


And see the land where corals lie, 2017, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves


Wave and Shell, 2017, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves




(From a poem by Richard Garnett, 1859)




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Three skins


And see the land where corals lie, 2017, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves


And see the land where corals lie, 2017, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves


And see the land where corals lie, 2017, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves






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Hamartia


And see the land where corals lie, 2017, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves


And see the land where corals lie, 2017, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves


And see the land where corals lie, 2017, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves


And see the land where corals lie, 2017, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves