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Raphaël MICHEL

(France, 1988-)

On A4 paper, using a ballpoint pen, Raphaël discreetly compiles his daily life. He faithfully retraces his journeys, the paths that he crosses, and the places that have marked him and given him pleasure. A colourist, he uses marker pens, crayons and Tipp-Ex most frequently in order to saturate the surface of the support. The rendering of his perspectives is audacious, nervous and very lively. Very attached to the minutest detail, he faithfully reproduces everything meticulously: road signs, manhole covers, electric wiring, zebra crossings, even the reflection of a tree in the mirror above his washbasin. On the back of his sheet of paper, he describes very exactly the situation he has experienced and illustrated on the other side. This is his logbook: the intimate diary of his existence, punctuated with journeys, places and the moments of his life.