Scratching the Surface


Fri 10 February 2017

How to get there

  • Take the Chao Phraya Express Boat from Sathorn Pier to Si Phaya Pier (3) and walk through to Soi 30.

More street art returns to the Creative District

Last year, street artists from the four corners of the world and across Thailand descended on the riverside districts for ten days of wall painting, walks and talks, music and exhibitions. The murals of BUKRUK II have drawn people from near and far to explore Yannawa, Bang Rak, and Talad Noi throughout the year.

In February, renowned Portuguese artist, Vhils visits Bangkok to create his unique form on street art on the wall of the historic Portuguese Embassy in the Creative District. In the heart of the old European Quarter, the embassy sits on land granted to Portugal by King Rama II in 1820. The relationship between Thailand and Portugal goes back even further, more than 500 years.

Alexandre Farto (1987) has been interacting visually with the urban environment under the name of Vhils since his days as a prolific graffiti writer in the early 2000s. His groundbreaking carving technique, which forms the basis of the Scratching the Surface project and was first presented to the public at the VSP group exhibition in Lisbon in 2007 and at the Cans Festival in London the following year, has been hailed as one of the most compelling approaches to art created in the streets in the last decade.

The subject of Vhils work is not known, but his mural on the wall (which will take five days to create) will be unveiled in Charoen Krung soi 30 at 6:30pm on February 10 , 2017.

This project is presented by the Embassy of Portugal and the Portuguese Cultural Center with the kind support of MINOR GROUP and Camões, Institute for Cooperation and Language.

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