Performance & Talk of Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain

EMST Reading room / Library

Fragments. Parts of pieces illustrated by illustrious texts

Performance and talk by Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain

Parallel event in the framework of the exhibition Unpacking My Library and the Athens World Book Capital 2018 – City of Athens

Thursday, 12.07.2018 at 17.30

On Thursday, 12 July at 17.30, as part of the exhibition Unpacking My Library which is hosted at EMST until July 15 and organised under the program Athens World Book Capital 2018 City of Athens, participating artists Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain will present in the Museum’s Screening Room their performance and talk Fragments. Parts of pieces illustrated by illustrious texts.

Born in Caixas do Sul, Brazil in 1973 and 1974, respectively, Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain live and work in Paris. Having studied semiology and graphic design respectively, they use a variety of media and practices to explore writing systems, linguistic codes and new typographies in terms of the limits of communication, the representation of space and time and visual perception. Their rich work entails a constant process of translating and mixing linguistic, artistic and scientific systems.

Their action in the context of Unpacking My Library is in two parts. In part one the artists present the performance Fragments. Parts of pieces illustrated by illustrious texts, in which the reading of excerpts from texts in many languages and from different sources – from Horace to Paul Valery and Gertrude Stein – are combined with images and animations from their own artistic production. In part two, starting from their two works in the exhibition, the video projection Conscience (2016) and the installation In the middle of things (Pilha) (2018), designed specifically for the EMST exhibition, the two artists explain the main axes of their artistic practice and research.

Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain have been working together since 1996. In 2004 they won the Nam June Paik Award. In 2007 they represented Brazil in the Venice Biennale. They have presented their work in numerous solo and group exhibitions – CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Jeu de Paume, Pampulha Museum, ICC, Tokyo, MALBA Buenos Aires, Moderna Museet, MUDAM Luxembourg, etc. They live and work in Paris.


The presentation will be realized in English with a consecutive interpreting in Greek.


Unpacking My Library

Starting from the library as a metaphor of a space for the accumulation, classification and organization of knowledge, the exhibition Unpacking My Library explores artistic practices around collecting classifying systems of knowledge and sharing information, activating memory, revisiting history. The title comes from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library. A talk about book collecting”. The works in the show are about existing or imaginary libraries, libraries of the past or the future, with a literal or virtual presence, in physical space or in a digital environment.

The exhibition, using the infrastructure and layout of the museum’s library shortly before it is put to its regular use, features twelve artists from the EMST collection, archive and library, recent or historical works as well as new productions designed specifically for the space.

Artists: Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Theodoros Giannakis, Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain, Fehras Publishing Practices, John Latham, Chris Marker, Vlado Martek, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Nina Papaconstantinou, Julien Previeux, Pantelis Xagoraris’ Archives, Chryssa – Archival Photographs.

Opening hours of the exhibition: Tuesday-Sunday 11.00-19.00



Curated By: Anna Mykoniati, Tina Pandi