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Palimpsest 9

“Palimpsest, i.e., a parchment from which one writing has been erased to make room for another.” H.D.

Saâdane Afif

Born in Vendôme, France, in 1970; lives and works in Berlin

Untitled (More More, 2003 / Neon light, pile of photocopies / Dimensions variable), 2008; Installation view, Technical Specifications. Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. Photo: Bob Goedewaagen

“My work today does not rely on the object: It is developed through the accumulation or interweaving of elements that can be more or less visible. One of the tools I have been using involves collaborations and commissions, notably of texts — poems or song lyrics — from people I know: friends, artists, writers, and others. In this sense, an exhibition is literally a pretext.” [Artforum, Jan 2011]

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