Benjamin Francis at P/////AKTPOOL / Amsterdam

The removal of the eye / Benjamin Francis

8 May – 13 June, 2021


Zeeburgerpad 53

1019AB, Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Keep Me clean
Use Me well
What I see
I’ll never tell

We can see something peeking through right, or have we become numb to its growth?

Cleansing and rinsing ourselves from the unwanted dirt. Just like bringing our cars to a carwash, we routinely bring our bodies to a place for cleaning, in which we col-lectively park them on a daily basis, in order to detach ourselves from the dust that lingers. That what smells and is normally present on the surface, is now being masked by the soapy antigenic surfactants that remove its ability to grow further. Yet most of  its material is still there, just like the veins running underneath our skin will sometimes surface. Instead of cleansing I would call it neutralizing. Neutralizing im-plies, in the CIA’s professional terminology, the elimination of a leader, but could al-so refer to removing a possible threat.

The removal of the eye is the first of three presentations by Benjamin Francis, who graduated from ArtEZ BEAR Fine Art Arnhem in 2020.