For two years, between 1995 and 1997, I lived on the Rue Ménard in Nîmes. When, not long after, in England, I happened across the last line of Pierre Ménard, author of the Quixote – “Nîmes, 1939” – I found the precision of the coincidence very pleasing.
Raphaël Zarka was born in Montpellier, France in 1977. He lives and works in Paris. In 2008 he was awarded the Ricard Foundation prize for contemporary art. Previous solo exhibitions include: GIBELLINA, CAN, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2011); PRINCIPLES OF ROMAN KNOWLEDGE, Pastificio de Cerere, Rome, Italy (2011); Stroom, Den Haag, Netherlands (2011); PERGOLA, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2010); GEOMETRY IMPROVED, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England (2009); DOCUMENTARY SCULPTURES, Motive Gallery, Amsterdam (2009), RATIOCINATION, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France (2008); PADOVA, La Vitrine, Paris, France (2008). Forthcoming exhibitions include; Le Grand Café, Contemporary Art Centre, Saint-Nazaire, France (2011) PERFORMA 11, New York, USA (2011)