In conjunction with C. Grimaldis Gallery’s 43rd annual group exhibition, Summer ’20, we would like to present Changing Landscapes, a conversation between artists Rania Matar, Alfonso Fernandez, and Ben Marcin. This talk will focus on socioeconomic politics, global displacement, and the artist’s role in capturing important moments in history.
As the world moves through waves of change, Matar, Fernandez, and Marcin use creativity as a platform to push the idea that the person is the political. Documentary photographs by Rania Matar depict young Syrian refugees on the streets of Beirut, bringing light to the reality of youth existing invisibly within a country unable to embrace them. In an investigation of blurring borders, balancing cultures, and an individual’s handling of forced assimilation, Alfonso Fernandez creates paintings which combine abstract and figurative content to understand both the world around him and painting itself. And Ben Marcin creates photographic essays which address architectural structures that are radically influenced by American culture, both those meant to exist in isolation and those forced into standing alone due to major demographic and social changes.
Please join us on Tuesday, August 18th at 6PM on Zoom for this virtual conversation. We look forward to your presence and participation!
Rania Matar, Hassan 15, Beirut, 2014, Edition 1 of 10,
archival pigment print on Baryta paper mounted on Dibond, 25 × 30 inches framed