Bordalo II's "Attero" Explores Consumerism and Waste

Nov 04, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017

On November 4th, Bordalo II opened his long awaited milestone solo show, Attero, in Lisbon. Produced by the Mistaker Maker platform and curated by Lara Seixo Rodrigues, the show featurs 31 new pieces exclusively for the event. Attero provides a retrospective of his work so far and an immersive journey through his unconventional practice.

Over the course of 4 years total, 88 of Bordalo II's big trash animals have found their ways to walls and streets in 18 countries around the globe. Created using some 28 tonnes of actual waste, they are produced as permanent warnings about human's obsession with consumerism, and the problems such behavior creates.

Bordalo II filled the huge pavilion with artwork of different scales, experimenting with various materials, formats and types of work. From smaller, painting-like assemblages, to large installations filling up entire rooms, this show attracted large crowds from its opening night. With 8.000 people visiting the show in just 7 days (3.200 just in the first 2 days), it is surely resonating with the locals of all ages on more than just artistic level. Aside of being one of the major events on the global street art scene, the show has a strong activist goal, offering group visits guided by nature science experts, as well as workshops for children and schools, all in an effort to raise awareness for important environmental issues. The show marked the release of artist's retrospective book overviewing the first 6 years of works with this unique medium and technique.––Sasha Bogojev