Bordalo IIin the Paris Agreement

Bordalo II no Acordo de Paris

"Art can change an entire generation" —Bordalo II

The exposureParis Agreement, inBordalo II, opens on the 26th of January and ends on the 2nd of March, brings together 30 works by the Portuguese artist in the French capital, with different types of plastic found in the garbage, to create endangered animals and raise awareness of the planet's sustainability problems .
"THEParis Agreement as the name of the exhibition is symbolic because, in addition to the topics covered in the Paris Agreement, there are a number of things that need to be changed, legislated and need to have goals for us to continue living on a sustainable planet. I don't even talk about animals anymore. If we think selfishly, humans have to think about their home. We only have this place to live. Having an exhibition on this topic in Paris makes perfect sense," saidArthur Bordalo, known asBordalo II, in statements to Lusa, during an exclusive visit to the press.

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Portuguese artist,Bordalo IIconsiders that it has the particularity of being held "in a less conventional space", in the heart of a more recent area of the French capital, next to the François Mitterrand library — the space, which is raw, will be converted in a few months into a supermarket. Something that the artist considers "contradictory" and "fantastic", since his work focuses on the problematic "economy versus nature".
The artist developed 30 works that represent endangered animals, made from plastics found in garbage and on the street.There are also a series of critical works of contemporary society, whereBordalo IIused technological waste like cell phones or computer keyboards, to show how humans are too connected to technology and far from nature. "We have to think about stopping producing so much, stop consuming so much and in this the big brands have a great responsibility.One of the most important things for me is that my work does not fall into the superficial, but that it always has something to say with a strong educational component and a present social and political part. If people see my works, it is important that it is not just beautiful, but that it has a part that contributes to a change", added the Portuguese artist.

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The exhibition was organized by the Mathgoth gallery – which specializes in urban art –, which represents the artist in Paris. Mathilde Jourdain, director of the gallery, told Lusa that the works are already attracting the interest of buyers in France. "We already have contacts with great interest in the parts of theBordalo II. In the group exhibition we had last year, we had one of his pieces, we sold it and we could have sold it several times. And the interest is not just from urban art collectors, but its audience is very large, and there are also contemporary art collectors who are interested", said the gallery director, in statements to Agência Lusa.
Admission to this exhibition is free, but all works by the Portuguese artist are for sale. The values vary between 2500 and 25 thousand euros, althoughBordalo IIreinforce that this is not the purpose of the exhibition. "The economic part of the exhibition is not what is most relevant. I want my work to have something to say and, for example, reaching out to kids is my focus and what interests me most at the moment", revealed the Portuguese artist. In this sense, the mornings of the exhibition are reserved for Parisian schools and colleges, just as the exhibition itself is adapted to children, with the works being strategically positioned in order to be accessible to the little ones.


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