Born in the Holocene

A dead octopus washed up on a beach in Northern Cyprus - whilst holding this lifeless body in my hand, I was presented with an overwhelming feeling. This marked an Anthropocentric moment for me. I couldn't help but feel as if the creature had been born in the Holocene but due to human intervention was leaving in the Anthropocene. In the background was the sound of thudding UK dance music from a nearby party beach.

Benjamin Warner is a British artist based in London who has exhibited at Tate Modern, Firstsite and Leeds Art Gallery. He was one of the participating artists for the Zabludowicz Collection’s, Master Class 2020. He cut his teeth working for Jake & Dinos Chapman, Aitor Throup, Sam Belinfante, Nasir Mazhar, British Art Show 8 and Canon at London Fashion Week. Contact: Copyright © 2023 Benjamin Warner. All rights reserved.