VHILS - INCISION (NOWNESS)

We are all products of the chaos that surrounds us,” says Alexandre Farto (mostly known as Vhils) in André Santos’s new film. It documents the indigenous village of Araçaí in Brazil, where 90 Guaraní people were moved by the government at the turn of this century, displacing them from their ancestral lands. Immortalizing these forgotten people, Farto carves their portraits onto buildings and the doors of their homes giving them the voice and dignity they have been denied.“I believe that art has the power to bring these issues to the fore and perhaps create change, as both the government and the media seem to ignore their plight,” says Farto, “Indigenous communities around the world are struggling to maintain their local heritage and keep customs alive in face of this overwhelming model of development that is leaving them behind.