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The Chronicle, 2018

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

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A young man sits crossed legged inside a makeshift shelter, scribbling down his poetry, memories or visions. 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 in this domicile is a cardboard bed and a backpack. The boy seems unconcerned with his lack of comfort. He lives on the edges of a western society, and takes it stoically like a modern-day Diogenes, left to his own devices.

The work is as much a social commentary as it is an allegorical description. 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 and it will shape our future, and the little tent appears te be a most rudimentary version of a house as a place with some privacy. As the boy is concentrating on his writing or sketching the tent around him functions like a retreat as well, to contemplate. It is an environment on the margins of society, a place to have distance from the world around him. The title The Chronicle suggests an historical event is being told by the author, in his own voice, by his own experiences. To travel between worlds and words, reality and imagery, and tell a tale for a future generation.  

 

 

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