INCISÃO
A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ALEXANDRE FARTO aka VHILS
CAIXA CULTURAL BRASÍLIA

Opening reception with the artist: 12 January, 6pm
Exhibition dates: 13 January – 3 March 2019

First presented to the public in the cities of Curitiba and Recife in 2014, the large-scale installation that forms “Incisão” (Incision) offers a meaningful reflection on the politics of displacement and cultural dispossession faced by indigenous peoples today.

The body of work presented in this exhibition resulted from a short residency in Curitiba, which extended to the indigenous community of Araçaí, in March 2014. Located a mere 50 km from the cosmopolitan city of Curitiba, the latter’s cluster of ramshackle wooden huts is home to a community of 90 Guarani people who were forced off their ancestral lands in 2000 by a government relocation programme.

Exploring the contrast between the community’s near-isolation and impoverished living conditions and the city’s bountiful modernity while reflecting on the devastating clash between unbridled contemporary development and traditional ways of life, the installation forms a symbolic new town comprising 54 wooden doors carved in bas-relief with the images of various faces and indigenous motifs, including 18 portraits that represent inhabitants of Araçaí. Four of these pieces were created by a group of artisans from the community, forming a direct collaboration between Vhils and the Guarani people that blended new and ancient carving techniques.

Incisão - Recife | Installation view

Photo: André Santos

INCISÃO
Alexandre Farto aka Vhils
13 January – 3 March 2019

CAIXA Cultural Brasília | Galeria Principal
SBS Sul Quadra 4 Lotes 3/4
Brasilia – Federal District, Brazil
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Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 9pm
Free admission

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Incisão - Recife | Installation view

Photo: André Santos