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Born in Montpellier (France) in 1977.
He lives and works in Paris.
Raphaël Zarka is one of a new generation of artists for whom existing cultural forms constitute the raw material for their work. The point of departure for his art, which encompasses photography, video and the written essay, is fundamentally sculptural in the expanded field of a twenty-first century artist. For many years a skateboarder and the author of several books on its history, Zarka's idea of skateboarding, as a kind of re-writing of spaces destined for a particular use, rhymes with his approach to his artistic practice. Similar to the abandoned structures built for past moments of aspiration and endeavor, and the recurrence of forms put to new uses, Zarka's reflections on skateboarding signal ecology of art making of critical and contemporary relevance. For him it's not a question of an absolute reality but rather, what it is, has been or might be depending on the position from which you view it.
Extract from Raphael Zarka Geometry Improved, a text by Suzanne Cotter
Personal exhibitions include Les Prismatiques, Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye (Poissy, France) in 2013, Le tombeau d'Archimède, Le Grand Café (Saint-Nazaire, France), Gibellina, Stroom Den Haag (La Haye, The Netherlands), Gibellina, CAN (Neuchâtel, Switzerland) in 2011, PERGOLA, Palais de Tokyo (Paris) in 2010, Geometry Improved, Modern Art (Oxford, UK) in 2009. He also participated to group shows such as Sound Spill, Zabludowicz Collection (New York) in 2013, Les dérives de l'imaginaire, Palais de Tokyo(Paris), Apartés, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Performa 11, New Visual Art Performance Biennial (New York) in 2011. His work has been presented through screenings such as Species of Skateboarding, Tate Modern (London) and Video et Après, Centre Pompidou (Paris) in 2011. His first monography has been published in 2012 by B42 / Galerie Michel Rein.
He awarded the Ricard Prize in 2008. And he's nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2013.
His work is included in leading museum and foundation collections such as Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris; Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard, Paris; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; MUDAM, Luxembourg; Zabludowicz Foundation, London; Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Les appropriations modernistes de la gťomťtrie
RaphaŽl Zarka, en pleines formes
RapaŽl Zarka, l'ange de la gťomťtrie
Recommandť. Une semaine bien remplie
Apresentando RaphaŽl Zarka, o Skatista que virou artista
RaphaŽl Zarka: in the studio
Corrťlations sans lien
Free Ride: The Art (and Science) of Skateboarding
it would have been so much easier to start from the beginning
ņ Saint Nazaire, RaphaŽl Zarka fait valser les siŤcles
RaphaŽl Zarka, archťologue de notre regard moderne
RaphaŽl Zarka, chasseur de natures mortes
RaphaŽl Zarka - Gibellina
Entretien avec RaphaŽl Zarka
The mechanics of form on the rťcurrences dťrobťes of RaphaŽl Zarka
Riding modern art RaphaŽl Zarka
Le mouvement des formes
Publisher: Editions B42, Galerie Michel Rein30 €
On a day with no waves (a chronicle of skateboarding 1779-2009)