Debris – Works by Alexandre Farto aka Vhils

1/6-5/11|10:00-19:00 (closed on Mondays)     Navy Yard No. 1     Free admission

This first solo exhibition by Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto, also known as Vhils, in Macao intends to be a multi-site initiative with the purpose of establishing a connection between the body of works presented in the indoor exhibition venue and a series of art interventions in the territory’s public space, encouraging visitors to explore and reflect on the nature of the urban environment. Using the city and its components both as subject matter and prime materials to delve into the essence of present-day urban societies across the globe, Vhils dissects, deconstructs and rearranges the images and tropes intrinsic to urban life to form a reflection on how individuals are shaped by and help shape their surrounding environment.

Expanding upon part of the body of works presented in the artist’s 2016 solo show for Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation, the exhibition in Macao aims to be an in-depth reflection on urbanity that creates a dialogue between cities while exploring the similarities and contrasts between global and local realities. The exhibition will be structured around a progressive path through several interconnected environments purposefully built in the exhibition space, enabling the viewer to experience the passage from the city chaos outside to a neutral setting inside where the artworks will be displayed. Together with some of the works presented in Hong Kong, it will feature an entirely new body of works inspired by Macao’s unique history and culture, exploring the territory’s people and their identity.