Cycle Enthusiast Cabinet, NO. 10 - Benjamin Monti
Exhibition, MAC's, Grand Hornu, Hornu, Belgium.
THE NEED TO REPEAT
The need to draw and repeat the image – as if it were a lesson, a poem, a punishment – is Benjamin Monti’s falsely naive and academic driving force. For this exhibition, the 10th cycle of intimate works, the artist wanted to present three more-or-less identical portraits of his grandma made when he was around seven years old; but three drawings by a child appear disturbing when one discovers that they date from the very day on which his much-loved grandmother died. Is it in order to show that since then he has never stopped discharging this duty to act as a seismograph of his existence, someone who graphically depicts its shocks?