CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPES x BEYOND THE LINE By Francisco Vidal

Francisco Vidal, one of the most exceptional voices from Angola, will take over the walls and floors of AKAA UNDERGROUND. Vidal is well known for his paintings and drawings with bold colors and patterns. The artist’s work playfully blends various aesthetic influences, including Cubism, African wax-print textiles, and 1980s hip-hop culture, as well as contemporary graffiti and street art. Born in Portugal to Angolan and Cape Verdean parents, the artist deals with ideas which are closely tied to the diaspora experience, examining narratives and identities which arise from a hybrid of cross-cultural upbringing.

The choice of machetes refers to both tools used in agriculture and weapons symbolizing African liberation movements. Through painting, the machete yields to poetry, becoming a canvas depicting portraits and flowers.

Namalimba Coelho, Project Curator