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The Traveler, 2018


The Traveler / charcoal on canvas / 150 x 200 cm / 2018



A young man sits crossed legged inside a makeshift shelter, writing down his story, or drawing what he has seen. Behind his tent a brick wall rises up with a single, black window. The wall shuts him out, limits any perspective for him or the viewer. The only piece of furniture is a cardboard bed and a backpack. The boy seems unconcerned. He lives on the edges of a western society, like a modern-day Diogenes, left to his own devices.

The work is clearly a social commentary. The figure of the boy interested me as he can be representing one of the many refugees that traveled the Balkan route, or the growing amount of people sleeping rough in wealthy cities throughout Europe. The economic inequality is growing, it either shapes our limits our abilities and future. 



sketch / charcoal on paper / 107 x 79 cm / 2018