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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 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 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.
He's nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2013.
ņ Saint Nazaire, RaphaŽl Zarka fait valser les siŤcles
RaphaŽl Zarka, archťologue de notre regard moderne
Entretien avec RaphaŽl Zarka
it would have been so much easier to start from the beginning
RaphaŽl Zarka, chasseur de natures mortes
The mechanics of form on the rťcurrences dťrobťes of RaphaŽl Zarka
Riding modern art RaphaŽl Zarka
Corrťlations sans lien
Apresentando RaphaŽl Zarka, o Skatista que virou artista
ExposiÁŗo RaphaŽl Zarka - Gramatica e Colet‚nea
As formas geomťtricas de RaphaŽl Zarka na Luciana Brito Galeria
Artista francÍs expoe obras com formas geometricas e esculturais em Sao Paulo
RaphaŽl Zarka: in the studio
Editions B42, Galerie Michel Rein
French / English
Jean-Pierre Criqui, Guillaume Désanges, Christophe Gallois, Didier Semin
195 x 260 mm
On a day with no waves (a chronicle of skateboarding 1779-2009)
dimensions: 208 x 130 mm
no. of pages: 46
La conjonction interdite
208 x 130 mm
Free Ride, skateboard, mťcanique galilťenne et formes simples
publisher: Editions B 42
210 x 132 mm