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Photo: José Pando Lucas

We’re proud to announce the opening of two solo exhibitions by Vhils in Paris, France, on 19 May: “Fragments Urbains” at Le Centquatre-Paris, and “Décombres” at Magda Danysz Gallery.

The two shows share conceptual and material affinities.

According to Vhils:

“These two exhibitions fall in line with the work I’ve been developing over the years, which has been mainly focused on raising issues in connection with and reflecting on the dominant model of globalised development and the nature of contemporary urban societies. It has been looking into the impact this model has been having on the planet and its resources and on people’s lives and identities around the world. It has also been looking into the intense process of cultural homogenisation it has generated and the resulting clash between global and local realities.

Globalising processes that have given rise to and are actively shaping the present-day world have brought us many positive things but there is also a dark side to them, one that has been driving us along a path of high-impacting urbanisation that has been significantly changing our relationship with the planet and with each other, and a course of development that is mathematically impossible to sustain due to the limited nature of our resources. Added to the fact that more than half of the world’s population is now concentrated in urban environments, we have been sold this utopian delirium that a non-stop cycle of development, production and consumption is a universal magic formula, a panacea for the ills affecting the human condition.

Yet we’re not questioning what we are giving up or leaving behind in the name of this soothing palliative in the form of material comfort. How far are we ready to go in the name of this short-term contentment? We’ve opened a new Pandora’s box whose consequences we seem unwilling to face. It appears to me that we’re working against our very nature, our essence and identity. Development and change are positive, but they ought to benefit all and be guided by our needs, not the unrealistic desires we’ve been made to believe we must satiate at all costs.

What I try to do with my work, in symbolic terms, and what I’m trying to do in these exhibitions is to carve into these layers, to dissect them, to remove part of the more recent ones, and bring to the surface something that speaks of our essence, our viscera as human beings living in these large global cities of the 21st century, guided by these processes of development. How are these processes affecting us? What are they doing to our identity, to our very nature? How can we absorb these dizzying changes? Where is our essence as human beings amidst all these new layers that are constantly being piled on top of us? Where is the essence of our history and our past amidst the excess of information we are constantly being fed on a daily basis? Where lies our future amid all of this?”

 

Vhils - work in progress

Photo: José Pando Lucas

“FRAGMENTS URBAINS”
FIRST MONOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION BY ALEXANDRE FARTO aka VHILS
LE CENTQUATRE-PARIS
Opening reception: 19 May, 2pm – 7pm
Exhibition dates: 20 May – 29 July, 2018

The exhibition at Le Centquatre-Paris will feature a variety of unique installations occupying the rooms and central patio of the cultural institution. Comprising a blend of new media and some of the artist’s signature bodies of work, each room will showcase a different installation exploring a different medium, including: video, carved wooden doors, Styrofoam sculptures, layers of carved posters, and others.

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Le Centquatre-Paris
5 Rue Curial, 75019 Paris, France
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Media enquiries:
For all media enquiries or to be added to the media list for the media preview contact JBPR: Jo Brooks +44 7930 432508 job@jb-pr.com / Clare Croome +44 7787 495690 clare@jb-pr.com

“DÉCOMBRES”
ALEXANDRE FARTO aka VHILS
GALERIE DANYSZ
Opening reception: 19 May, 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition dates: 20 May – 16 June, 2018

The exhibition at Galerie Magda Danysz functions as a project room for the work presented at Le Centquatre-Paris. In this sense, it works as a complement to the latter but based on a more condensed version of the overall reflection and will include a unique installation with carved walls on the ground floor, while the first floor will include new works in cement alongside a sample of new works in acid-etched metal plates, carved wooden doors and billboards.

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Galerie Danysz
78 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris, France
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Media enquiries:
For all media enquiries or to be added to the media list for the media preview contact JBPR: Jo Brooks +44 7930 432508 job@jb-pr.com / Clare Croome +44 7787 495690 clare@jb-pr.com

Vhils - work in progress

Photo: José Pando Lucas