In Dissecção, Vhils presents new large-scale works created specifically for this project, addressing such issues as the collective memory of cities, their giddying images, and their inhabitants’ stories.
Emerging as a profound reflection on the urban space in its interaction with its inhabitants, Dissecção takes as its starting point the various elements intrinsic to that space. The artist's intention is to establish a journey, through various environments expressly created within the Museum, which allows visitors to experience the passage from a dimension of noise, chaos and visual saturation – the expression of life in contemporary cities - to a neutral setting. Vhils sets out to methodically dissect familiar urban elements using the various unconventional media and destructive techniques that he has been exploring in his work.
Vhils is still young and only recently acclaimed, but he has already been commissioned to work all over the world. His creations go further than just using the walls of the city as a support or mechanically transferring artistic solutions from the outside on to his canvasses, demonstrating a great global capacity for intervention and invention in spaces and media.
About the artist
Alexandre Farto (1987), who also signs his work as Vhils, has developed a unique visual language based on an aesthetic of vandalism derived from his background in graffiti painting.
He works on the removal of the superficial layers of walls and other supports using unconventional tools and techniques, establishing symbolic reflections on life in the cities, the passage of time and the interdependence of people and the environment. His innovative technique of excavation has brought critical acclaim. Since 2005, he has presented his work around the world in solo and group exhibitions, events and institutions, and in site-specific interventions. He has participated in some of the most prestigious contemporary urban art projects.
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