THE UNEXPECTED MURAL FESTIVAL – FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS, US

This large-scale piece was carved in Fort Smith, Arkansas for the Unexpected Mural Festival. Based on the first series of photographs of Native Americans, it constitutes a reflection on history, identity and the status quo. According to Vhils: “One of the aspects I like to explore in the context of the broader reflection on this globalised model of development is how this imposed homogeneous reality is effacing the cultural characteristics that made each cultural group unique, and how native cultures around the world have been, and still are, affected by this process of cultural erosion. With the disappearance of native cultures we are losing a wealth of knowledge which is irreplaceable. Fundamentally, my work speaks of human identity, of resistance and effacement in this overwhelming environment, exploring the connections between global and local realities.”