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#38 – Daniel Steegmann Mangrané & Teresa Castro: Feral thought and the queering of nature

As part of the 4th season of the “Creators facing Climate Emergency” series hosted at the École des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, the Fondation Thalie invites visual artist Daniel Steegmann Mangrané to discuss with art historian Teresa Castro.

Artist Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s recent work focuses on the notion of “feral thinking” proposed by Juliana Fausto—ferality being, in the Brazilian writer’s own words “a transformation of what was once tamed into something that is no longer so, suggesting that maybe survival in the Anthropocene has something to do with becoming feral.” Currently in Paris for the installation of the exhibition la Pensée Férale following his major retrospective at MACBA in Barcelona, and his participation in the Après l’orage exhibition at the Bourse de Commerce, he will be meeting Teresa Castro. A lecturer at Paris 3, she has worked on the relationship between weeds and cinema, animism, as well as notions of nature and queer botany.

Created in 2020 by the Fondation Thalie, this series of conversations between artists, designers and scientists committed to a post-carbon society aims to pass on new thinking and knowledge to inspire a whole new generation of creators, to invent imaginaries of transition, and to design and implement new ways of producing in the light of depleting natural resources. The great ecological challenge of our time.

Guests: Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, visual artist, and Teresa Castro, art historian, Lecturer in film and audiovisual studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle.
Co-moderated by Chiara Vecchiarelli, curator of the program and Myriam Lefkowitz, artist choreographer.

Born and trained in Barcelona, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. Both in his sculptures and installations, which are extremely fragile and incorporate altered organic materials, and in his film work, the artist experiments with the correspondences between organic and geometric forms, as well as the complex web of dependencies between the natural order and the order created by human beings. He is about to open in Paris “La pensée férale”, a two-part solo exhibition at Esther-Schipper and Mendes Wood (2/04 – 26/05/2024) and has exhibited as part of various solo exhibitions, among at MACBA, Barcelona (2023-2024); Kiasma, Helsinki (2023) ; Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes (2022) ; Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2019); Fundació Tàpies, Barcelona (2018); Museo Serralves, Porto (2017); MAMM, Medellín (2016). His work has been included in group exhibitions including, MoMA, New York (2023); Bourse de Commerce, Paris (2023); Gare de Hambourg, Berlin (2022); Liverpool Biennale (2021); Taipei Biennale (2020); Centre Pompidou, Metz (2017);14th Lyon Biennale (2017); Berlin Biennale, Berlin (2016); New Museum Triennial, New York (2015); Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid (2014).

Teresa Castro
 is a lecturer in film studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. A significant part of her recent research focuses on the links between cinema and animism, plant life forms in visual culture and environmental histories of photography and cinema. In this context, she has published ‘The Mediated Plant’ (E-flux, 2019) and co-edited with Perig Pitrou and Marie Rebecchi the collective work Puissance du végétal et cinéma animiste. La vitalité révélée par la technique (Presses du réel, 2020). With Brenda Edgar and Estelle Sohier, she co-ordinated the “Histoires écologiques de la photographie” dossier in the journal Transbordeur (2024).


Based on a curatorial proposal by Fondation Thalie, this fourth season hosted at the École des Arts Décoratifs is organised by Chiara Vecchiarelli, coordinator of the programme Creators facing the climate emergency, in co-construction with Patrick Laffont-DeLojo, teacher in stage design at the École des Arts Décoratifs.

In partnership with the École des Arts Décoratifs de Paris