Close-Up with Alexandre Farto (Vhils)

Alexandre Farto (Vhils)2015-03-03

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Alexandre Farto (known as Vhils) is an internationally acclaimed urban artist who uses an array of mediums including cork, wood, paper, explosives, Styrofoam, and metal. Vhils grew up in an area of Lisbon that underwent many changes in the 1980s and 1990s, an evolution which has deeply influenced his work, just as it did for Pessoa a century ago. For the festival, he has created the installation Perspectiva/Perspective, which is a meaningful reflection on one of the most valued pillars upon which our contemporary societies have been founded. Formed by a vast number of sheets of paper that seem to be randomly arranged in suspension, the installation plays on viewers' visual perceptions. When seen from a particular angle, it reveals the word "Freedom" in striking clarity.

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  • Title: Close-Up with Alexandre Farto (Vhils)
  • Creator: Alexandre Farto (Vhils)
  • Date: 2015-03-03
  • Location: Washington, DC