Raphaël Barontini (b. 1984; Saint-Denis, France; lives and works in Paris) finds inspiration in paying homage to the legacies set by figures of historical movements for liberation. In a style of collage combining photography, silk screen printing, painting, and digital prints, Raphaël Barontini deploys a painting in movement that takes a new look at history while questioning the very status of painting in the museum and public space.

Flags, banners, tapestries and ceremonial capes are superimposed to create large immersive and illuminated scenographies that question the representation of power, its ceremonial and its carnivalesque inversion. For Barontini, challenging the canon of history surrounding cultures and territories that have experienced slavery or colonization remains priority. His work establishes a “counter-history” through the depiction of heroes, both real and imaginary.

Raphaël Barontini’s work has been exhibited in institutions around the world, including Museum of Arts and Design (New York, USA), SCAD Museum of Art (Savannah, USA), MAC VAL (Vitry-sur-Seine, France), the MO.CO (Montpellier, France), Museum of African Diaspora (San Francisco, USA), The New Art Exchange Museum (Nottingham, UK) and Museum of Arts and Design (New York, USA). He has also participated in the international biennials of Bamako, Mali, Casablanca, Morocco, Lima, Peru, and Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2020, he was chosen by LVMH Métiers d’Art to complete a residency in Singapore. Raphaël Barontini will be in residency at the Villa Albertine (New Orleans, USA) this year.
In October 2023, the Centre des Monuments Nationaux offered Raphaël Barontini a Carte Blanche exhibition within the walls of the Pantheon entitled We Could be Heroes. Now, the solo-exhibition I live a journey of a thousand years: Raphael Barontini is on view at the Currier Museum of Art, New Hampshire.
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