Autoritratto al lavoro, 2016
Motor Hoe Benassi
105 x 70 x 140 cm.

The artist plays on homonyms and the personification of an object. A vintage motor hoe, produced by Italian brand Officine Meccaniche Benassi, thus becomes a self-portrait of the artist “at work” (autoritratto al lavoro), ironically referring both to the artistic tradition of self-portraiture and to Andy Warhol’s idea of the artist as a machine who, however, can escape the influence of functionality and resist reification.

Installation view, Letargo, Magazzino, Rome, 2016