Olhar” (gaze)

Presented at the head office of Portuguese newspaper “Público”, this original piece was conceived to mark its 25 years of activity (1990-2015). Constituted by 25 superimposed acrylic sheets that form a composition with an eye in its centre, the piece offers a reflection on reality and the most salient current events of the last 25 years based on a selection of clippings from 25 of the daily’s most significant front pages.

Weighing over two tonnes, the two-metre-high piece features thousands of tiny newsprint cut-outs arranged in superimposed layers, creating a magical three-dimensional composition. According to Vhils, the selection process, carried out together with Bárbara Reis, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, aimed at highlighting “dates which, in some way, changed the world and others that revealed PÚBLICO’s more interventionist role in shaping the way people see the country.”

Olhar, 2016

Newspaper cut-outs on superimposed acrylic sheets. | Approx. 200 × 135 × 26 cm. | Photo: José Pando Lucas

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Olhar, 2016

Newspaper cut-outs on superimposed acrylic sheets. | Approx. 200 × 135 × 26 cm. | Photo: José Pando Lucas

#other media #paper

Ollhar, 2016

Photo: José Pando Lucas

Olhar, 2016

Photo: José Pando Lucas

Olhar, 2016

Photo: José Pando Lucas

Olhar, 2016

Newspaper cut-outs on superimposed acrylic sheets. | Approx. 200 × 135 × 26 cm. | Photo: José Pando Lucas

#paper