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Painting: Acrylic, Oil on Canvas.
The «Vultus» collection, by Mario Henrique, is based on the concept of hypernormalisation - a term first coined by the Russian anthropologist Alexei Yurchak to portray a "fake world" that is run by corporations and kept stable by politicians, created due to their inability do deal with the complex aspects of the "real world”.
The British filmmaker Adam Curtis would later use the term as the main title and subject for his 2016 documentary, elaborating on how this fake and simplified world is designed to manipulate the general population, thus mining the overall perception of reality.
In latin, «Vultus» means “faces”, as in “appearance” or “look”. These paintings depict victims of this warped reality in which we are immersed, namely refugees and migrants. The purpose of it is to bring those faces out of obscurity and anonymity, and consequently offer some resistance to the hypernormalisation of the world.
«Vultus No. 6» (2017) - acrylic and oil on canvas, 110 x 110 cms
- High quality stretched canvas with a metal saw-tooth hanging clip on the back.