Joan Rabascall (Barcelona, 1935) studied at the Escola Superior d'Arts Decoratives Massana in Barcelona and at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris, the city where he has lived and worked since 1962. In the sixties, Rabascall came into contact with the critics Lawrence Alloway and Pierre Restany, and also with the avant-garde Independent Group in England and the new realists in France, who recovered the representation techniques and aesthetic and ethical attitudes of the Berlin Dadaists. He collaborated in the 'rituals' organised in 1969 and 1970 by a group of Catalan artists living is Paris at the time: Miralda, Benet Rossell and Jaume Xifra.

While he initially began working with the medium of collage, he soon incorporated photomontage and began to combine images and objects in installations and photographic series. Rabascall's work revolves around the critique of mass media images and the lifestyle imposed by the media. Television is a recurring element in his work, and he explores it from a series of different perspectives: as icon, object, souvenir, sculpture, element of communication and fetish. In the eighties, he began a conceptual reflection around painting, and, later, around the idea of the landscape and its role in the new environmental paradigm.

Although he regularly exhibited in France from the seventies onwards, aside from the odd exhibition such as Spain is Different at Galeria G in Barcelona in 1976, his work was not seen in Catalonia until 1985 when he took part in the exhibition Barcelona-Paris-New York at Palau Robert in Barcelona. He later presented projects at the Virreina (1993) and the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica (2000).

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