As a part of preparation for his upcoming museum show in Lisbon (covered), Alexandre Farto aka Vhils recently finished another signature piece on the outskirts of Lisbon. The Lisnave area was once a huge shipyard, building and fixing large boats from around the world, but has now been abandoned for the last 15 to 20 years. In order to get across the devastating consequences that had to the economical situation in the area and people living there, Vhils created this large size portrait. Using paint and heavy tools, the Lisbon-based artist carved this portrait out carefully, giving him a ghostly, almost spiritual feel. Based on a drawing of an unknown man from the region, the piece immortalizes the legacy of the hard workers that gravitated around this once huge and bustling industry complex. 

Supported by the EDP Foundation, Vhil’s Dissesction show will be opening on the the 5th of July 2014 at the Electricity Museum in Lisbon.

Discuss Vhils here.