Galleria Anna Marra, Rome
Benjamin Degen’s artworks interplay elements and conventions of Western and Eastern classical aesthetic traditions as well as American folk art, abstract painting and typography. His paintings are full of vibrant color palettes to convey movement and intricacy of the figures and the scenes he represents. The exhibited paintings depict the celebration of human movement, in a moment of great division. This is also a moment where we are empowered to make a choice: as a species, we can move together toward collective liberation, or move against each other on a path towards self-annihilation.
In Paolo’s Grassino Branco series, the dogs are without eyes, mouth, ears and tail. They have lost their senses. Their strength only comes from the union of the pack. They are guardians, they protect their territory, with their presence, they defend a wall, a border. This work finds its origin in the images and videos of the big exodus of refugees threatened by dictatorships or wars, while the wealthy west protect itself by building up walls, leaving men and women on the other side at their desperate destiny. This is what happens every single day at our boarders.