Scratching The Surface | Alexandre Farto
The work reflects a new time in urban art, when walls turn into instruments of communication and hope for the masses, not only with classical graffitti techniques, but in places and spaces that has become a decaying playground. Farto uses the city walls as canvases and draws attention to the layers that underlies where anybody else has payed attention. The set consist in a serie of portraits of unknown faces and was done by unconventional techniques and materials; acid and bleach eat into surfaces to expose the layers beneath; he discards posters, metal and paper and comes face to face with the rawness of the naked wall.
Farto aka Vhils was also invited to be part of the project Tunnel 228, a collaborative project between Old Vic Theater and Punchdrunk under Waterloo Station. Inspired by Ftitz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis, the result is a weird dream with a mixture of art and live performance by actors, the project took place on Friday 8 May 2009 and was open for 15 days but with the idea to bring it back to Waterloo in the autumn.
There is a relationship between this kind of urban art and architectue and urbanism. Cities are always changing, growing or dissapearing and the only thing that is permanent is the spirit of their inhabitants, that we can see in all these portraits.