Vhils’ First Solo Exhibition in MacauWritten by Julianne Nicole Dionisio
Street artist Alexandre Farto, also known as Vhils, whose work has reflected the consequences of development in communities all over the world has reached Macau with his first solo exhibition featuring his ongoing “Debris” series.
Down-to-earth in character yet holds a globally respected portfolio. Alexandre Farto’s craftsmanship for murals and graffiti, after engraving his passion all throughout the streets of Hong Kong, finally gets to Macau.
The Portuguese artist, Vhils is known as a prolific graffiti writer in the urban streets since the early 2000s. But about a decade ago he finds his own carving technique – using explosives and concrete drills; a more rough and edgy take on tackling the walls across the globe. With such an unconventional method of creating art, he takes attention from the professional creative community and amateur art aficionados alike.
In collaboration with Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation (HOCA), the artist’s first solo exhibition is up and running from June 1st to November 5th. The launch was held on 31st of May at the Navy Yard No.1 – contemporary art centre. Vhils work in a city won’t be complete unless there is an outdoor gallery showcasing public murals throughout the city. Both the indoor and public murals are free for the public to appreciate.
The concept of the exhibitions evolves on building “upon the body of works presented in each city it travels to, thus creating a reflection on the similarities and differences between each local environment and its identity and their connection with the globalised context.” The exhibition features pieces made from removing layers of walls – door pieces with portrait carvings as well as pieces made from ripped billboard adverts and posters gathered from the streets of Macau. Vhils knows of unorthodox techniques that had ticked everyone’s admiration.
Venue: Navy Yard No.1 – Contemporary Art Center
Opening Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm, Closed on Mondays
Organizer: Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government
Co – Organizer: Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation
Support: Fundação Oriente, Consulado-Geral de Portugal em Macau e Hong Kong
Inauguration: 31/5/2017, at 6:30pm
Exhibition Period: 1/6/2017-5/11/2017