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Venloerstr. 193a
50823 Köln

September 28 – October 1

Creating something new often requires the destruction of something old. This developmental process, which visibly and noticeably takes place in booming cities around the world, is reflected by Alexandre Farto aka Vhils in his artistic works. The walls of these cities reflect their environment, their history, the lives of people and vice versa. By making use of drills, jackhammers, acid and sometimes even dynamite, Alexandre Farto removes layer by layer from walls with his unconventional carving technique, thus creating large-scale sculptural portraits that want to draw attention to the interaction between the city and its people. Apart from house facades, Vhils also processes a variety of other materials such as wood, metal or styrofoam. Alexandre Farto was born in Lisbon in 1987. He studied at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. The art project“ Scratching the Surface” was first presented in Lisbon in 2007 and the following year at the Cans Festival in London. It
received a lot of attention for its innovation and complexity on the international art scene. On the occassion of CityLeaks 2015, Vhils will design a house wall on Venloer Straße in Ehrenfeld.