[Full text is available in the catalogue Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil. The catalogue was published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name, presented at the Wexner Center for the Arts from February 1-April 20, 2014 and curated by Jennifer Lange, Bill Horrigan, and Paulo Venancio Filho. A film series, Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary, ran from January to April 2014 as a companion to the exhibition and then went on to tour the US throughout 2014. This is an excerpt from the artist entry for Detanico Lain.]

Detanico Lain

Currently living and working in Paris, France, Angela Detanico (b. 1974, Caxais do Sol) and Rafael Lain (b. 1973, Caxais do Sol) trained as linguists, semiologists, and graphic designers and have collaborated since 1996. Their artistic practice frequently recodifies language into visual systems and fuses ideas of concrete poetry and digital art, as if they ran Brazilian modernism through algorithms designed by artists rather than mathematicians. Their work often reinforces the primacy of language while removing or redirecting the meaning of it, creating visual codes that place more meaning in the visuals than the code. These visual systems perform the same function and employ the same logic system as language but are made illegible and graphic...

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