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Lisbon's Anti-Establishment, Wall-Destroying Street Artist

Jun 27, 2016 | 589 videos
Video by Marina Watson Pelaez, Marzia Braggion, and Ricardo Vieira da Silva

The Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto, known as Vhils, has destroyed murals in over 50 countries across the world. By carving into walls that have been painted and graffitied over, he uncovers the slabs of color and texture that are already there in order to make massive portraits. “Why shouldn’t I carve over those layers, expose the entrails of a building, and reflect on that process?” he says in this short documentary by Marina Watson Pelaez, Marzia Braggion, and Ricardo Vieira da Silva. “I continue to think that the biggest museums we have in the world are the streets.”

Author: Nadine Ajaka

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