Portuguese activist and ecologic artist Bordalo II is launching his most ambitious solo show! The world-famous trash artist is back in his home city of Lisbon and taking over the new Edu Hub complex with a ‘retrospective’ of all-new work that profiles his recognisable Trash Animal sculptures alongside new, never-seen-before approaches and materials.
EVILUTION showcases Bordalo II’s evolution as an artist over the last decade. In keeping with the solid environmental message underpinning his career, every artwork on display has been created entirely from objects thrown away and salvaged by the artist and his team.
Artworks on view include his Big Trash Animals series scaled down to smaller trash animals! Whilst still using an array of urban waste, ranging from scraps of metal and plastic toys to hoses, ropes and marine debris.
Alongside these more recognisable street pieces, Bordalo II will unveil an exciting range of artworks that incorporate materials never used in his work before, including offcuts of wood and mosaics of empty spray-paint cans, such as the racoon.
There is also a stunning selection of Trash Animals crafted entirely from discarded neons. Demonstrating Bordalo’s style is evolving.
“EVILUTION is a kind of retrospective of everything I’ve been doing over the last ten years, and also a way of looking towards the future. I don’t want to become a one-trick pony; I want to evolve and let my work evolve with me.”Bordalo II
Long-known for a body of work highlighting issues of environmental sustainability and biodiversity, these themes run through the heart of EVILUTION, challenging visitors to consider the impact humanity is having on the natural world – and the enormous variety of objects that we discard every day.
“It’s unbelievable what people throw away. Many of our sculptures use obvious household trash, but we want to show that there’s a whole ecosystem of junk lying around out there that is threatening nature. That includes things like generations of broken neon tubes, which most people wouldn’t ever think about.” Bordalo II
The exhibition will also offer an insight into Bordalo II’s background in graffiti, with a section showcasing works inspired by Bordalo’s upbringing in the art world and his roots in the Portuguese street art scene.
Bordalo II EVILUTION exhibition
Saturday 8th October until Sunday 11th December 2022
Wednesday – Sunday 2pm- 8pm (last entry 7pm)
708, 781, 750
Olivais (8 minute walk)
Cabo Ruivo (16 minute walk)
Chelas (10 minute walk)