Vhils Studio and Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center are proud to announce the opening of Vhils’ first large-scale solo show in a US art institution.

Taking the material reality of Cincinnati and other US cities as a starting point, Haze creates a dialogue with other locations from around the world where Vhils has been working in recent years, reflecting on the nature of our contemporary urban environments, the dominant model of globalised development, and their impact on cultural contexts and identities worldwide.

Seeking to establish a subtle dialogue with the iconic building designed by renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, the exhibition takes over two floors of the institution—one of the first geared towards contemporary art in the U.S.—engaging the viewer with a variety of mostly site-specific works materialized in various media, including carved wooden doors, sculptural dioramas, large-scale and small-scale hand-carved billboard pieces, immersive video installations, and carved plasterboard compositions, among others. In a world premiere, Vhils will also be performing one of his much celebrated works with recourse to explosives inside an arts institution.

According to Vhils:
“This exhibition can be seen as a direct continuation —and in some ways, as the culmination—of the work I’ve been developing in the course of the last decade in a variety of locations across Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, which has been exploring a variety of topics related to the nature of our contemporary urban environments, the dominant model of globalized development, and their impact on cultural contexts and identities worldwide.
The exhibition will comprise various site-specific works with a distinct patchwork-quality, each woven from a wide range of subject matter, people and materials sourced from locations including Cincinnati, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City, Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon, Paris, London, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Dakar, Johannesburg, Sydney and other cities I’ve worked in. This intentional juxtaposition of materials and subject matter mirrors the interplay between elements from various cultures which we observe at work today in large, globalized urban environments, and seeks to both confront and establish a dialogue that explores the underlying similarities and differences between them.”

Photo: Maria Silva

Practical info:

Haze
– Alexandre Farto aka Vhils

Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

Exhibition dates:
21 February – 06 July, 2020

Opening (general public):
21 February, 8 pm – 11 pm

CAC opening hours
Saturday to Monday: 10 am to 4 pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm

Address:
44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

www.contemporaryartscenter.org


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press@vhilstudio.com

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Photo: Maria Silva

Photo: Maria Silva