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Telos, 2011
Photo: Film Still

Suitable for all ages

Telos, 2011

Vasco Ara├║jo - Lisbon, Portugal

Video Installation

Telos is based on the life of the great philosopher Diogenes of Sinope, also called "The Cynic." During his life he became a beggar, making his extreme poverty a virtue. It is said that he lived in a barrel instead of a house, and that he wandered through the streets carrying a lantern during the day trying to find an honest man. It's precisely this fact that is explored in this video, through the interactions of a cynic on an incessant quest for the truth.

Vasco Araújo explores the identity and complexity of personality by means of disguise, narrative and language. The artist, who is also an opera singer, explores the social dimension of seduction and eroticism and their power games. Drawing frequently on literature and opera, his work is above all a meditation on art as a critical reflection on society but also as a privilege locus for the relations between truth and artifice. He works in a variety of media, including video, installation and photography.


Fort York, Garrison Common

100 Garrison Road (West end of Garrison Common, close to Strachan Avenue)

This project is outdoors.