Two Voices

09.12.2022—11.12.2022

Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain

Actors: Annabelle Hinam and Thor Louwerens

Curated by: Chris Bestebreurtje and Petra Kuipers


Venue: ROZENSTRAAT - a rose is a rose is a rose
Rozenstraat 59, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Opening Times: Friday to Saturday 13:00—17:00
Sunday 10:00—11:00

Performance Times:
09.12.2021 17:00
10.12.2021 14:00 and 17:00
11.12.2021 11:00

A ticket for attending a performance is required.
You can book a ticket here: tlonprojects.stager.nl/web/tickets


Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain's work is strongly represented in Tlön Projects' imaginary collection. Therefore, as part of our collaboration with Rozenstraat - a rose is a rose is a rose in Amsterdam - the artist couple was invited to develop a performance in response to existing works from the artists' oeuvre. This annual component of our Satellite programme is dedicated to exploring the realm of performance and performativity.

Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain's project Two Voices (2012-2022) expresses the celestial parade of the sun and the moon and consists of an exhibition and a performance within an ensemble of pre-existing and new works.

The animation Two Voices (2012) is the metronome of the performance. This double projection recreates in two parts the rising and setting of the two stars, in the East and West. The audience is invited to sit on stools while the room goes completely dark and two actors take turns reading texts that include the word 'moon' or 'sun'. These literary fragments are written by different authors in different languages, such as Hans Arp, Gaius Valerius Catallus, Kamo no Chōmei, Nicolaus Copernicus, Desiderius Erasmus, Francesco Petrarca, Galileo Galilei, W.F. Hermans, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Clarice Lispector, George Perec, Sylvia Plath, Kurt Schwitters, Gertrude Stein, Rabinadrath Tagore and Virginia Woolf. The animation Two Voices acts as the score followed by the actors. As the cycles of the moon and sun are not synchronised, there are moments when the actors read alone, moments of superimposition of voices and moments of silence.

Before the performance and after it, the exhibition space is partially illuminated and the animations 28 moons (2012), 365 suns (2012), works from the series Palabras Compostas (2022), a series of prints on Japanese paper from Two Voices (2022) and a work from the series Vanitas (2022) will be on display.


Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain adopt language as the subject and object of their work. A poetics that presents the world seen from its own codes of perception and understanding. Their largely conceptual works employ the use of sound, graphics, text, video, and other traditional art mediums within their installations. They represent a rigorous use of formalism and a refined use of visual and written poetry.

Their work reflects their joint fascination with the human ability to contemplate the world around them and beyond. Imbued with scientific, mathematical and literary references, their work applies themes of time, space, memory and the infinite beyond.

Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain have worked together since 1996. Semiologist and graphic designer, born in 1974 and 1973, respectively, in Caxias do Sul in Brazil. The artists live and work in Paris.

In 2002, the duo participated in an artist residency in the French capital, at the Palais de Tokyo. Two years later, they won the Nam June Paik, one of the most prestigious international awards. In the same year, in 2004, Detanico and Lain participated in the Bienal de São Paulo, a feat that was repeated in the following two editions, in 2006 and 2008. In 2007, the duo represented Brazil at the 52nd Venice Art Biennale.

A selection of solo exhibitions includes Over the earth, under the sky (2022) Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, (Brazil); Lumière (2022), Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille, France; Solution d’une question curieuse... (2021), Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris, France; Between Yesterday and Tomorrow (2019), The Club, Tokio, Japan; Archipel (2018), Musée de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables-d’Olonne, France; Alfabeto Infinito (2013), Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil, Um dado tempo um dado lugar (2008), Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Inverse Times (2007), Musée Zadkine, Paris, France; After Utopia (2006), Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Greece.

A selection of group exhibitions comprises: The Moon (2019), Grand Palais, Paris, France; Unpacking My Library (2018), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Paisagem Incompleta, Centro Cultural Usiminas (2010), Ipatinga, Brazil; Undefined borders for unlimited perceptions (2009), Blindarte Contemporanea, Naples, Italy; 10th Bienal Habana – Integración y resistencia en la era global (2009), Havana, Cuba; MASH UP, Artspace (2009), Auckland, New Zeland; Volume V – I think I remember , 2009, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; Programme “Satellite” Terrains de jeux ¾ (2008), Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; Um dado tempo um dado lugar (2008), Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Inverse Times (2007) Musée Zadkine, Paris, France; Detanico, Lain, Optica Centre d’Art Contemporain (2007) Montreal, Canada; 3rd Media City (2004), Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Corea.

Performances by Detanico & Lain were to be seen in, among others MTRL, Un autre poème, (2017) Kyoto, Japan; Nuit Blanche, Monotonous Space (2017), Paris, France; CA2M Museum, Madrid, Spain; La Gaîté Lyrique, Weightless Days (2014), Paris and Metz, France; Sorbonne, Amphithéâtre Bachelard, Lexique (2012), Paris, France.

Their works are part of collections such as Musée du Louvre, Paris, France; FNAC, France; FMAC, France; FRAC île-de-france, Le Plateau, Paris, France; Musée d’Art modern et Contemporain, Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d’Olonne, France; Taguchi Art Collection, Japan; Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan; Centro Calego de Arte Contemporânea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Cifo-Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, United States of America; Colección Isabel y Agustin Coppel, CDMX, Mexico; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; MAMAM, Recife, Brazil; Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, IFF, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Although having trained as an actor, Annabelle Hinam (1997) sees writing and, increasingly, theatre making as the path she will travel. This first came to a fore with her 2021 graduation piece from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht in 2021, based on The Tragedy of Macbeth. Instead of using the original text, however, she rewrote the story placing Lady Macbeth and the witches at the centre.

Following her graduation Annabelle Hinam created a theatre piece with actress Dagmar Ketelaers in the Amsterdamse Bostheater, loosely inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s book A Field Guide to Getting Lost. The work explored the definition of being lost, but also the necessity of losing oneself in these hectic times we live in now.

Annabelle Hinam is a member of the Ensemble Nieuwe Theaterwerkers (ENT) and is the chair and founder of Speak Up Now! (S.U.N. HKU Theatre).

A 2021 graduate of Amsterdamse Toneelschool & Kleinkunst Academie, Thor Louwerens (1997) made his theatre debut in the critically acclaimed Internationaal Theater Amsterdam production of The Damned.

For a young actor, the opportunity to work under the direction of Ivo van Hove was both inspiring and encouraging. Louwerens credits this experience with bringing more depth and more power to his acting and has made him hungry for more live performance.

Thor Louwerens has also appeared on TV in Ares, Flikken Rotterdam and Nieuw Zeer.