With ATTERO*, portuguese urban artist Bordalo II opened the door to his studio and invited us into his world.

This exhibition, his first solo show, provided a retrospective of his body of work so far: artwork made of trash, transformed into something bigger through Bordalo II's hand and singular vision. An unavoidable comment to our society's consumerism and to the way we exploit, many times abusively, the resources Nature provides us. Inevitably, the visitor was invited to reflect upon his part as an actor of this society.

ATTERO presented artwork of different scales, new approaches resulting of experimenting with new media, and more of his most remarkable series "Big Trash Animals".

A set of parallel initiatives was meticulously planned throughout the three weeks of the event, intending to be the vehicle of the environmental manifesto that Bordalo II focuses on his work:

  • construction of several pieces of the series ‘Big Trash Animals’ through the city;
  • themed tour with João Farinha, Fauna Resources and Environment biologist from ICNF;
  • talk "Sea Waste" talk, hosted by Paula Sobral, biologist and Doctorate of Environment Science and Professor at FCT-UNL, founder and president of APLM, invited by SPECO;
  • presentation of the project FORCE - Cities Cooperating for Circular Economy, which will link the cities of Lisbon, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Genova;
  • guided tours by the curator Lara Seixo Rodrigues (for public in general and schools);
  • guided tour by the artist Bordalo II;
  • workshop for kids oriented by the artist;
  • delivery of the SÊ-LO VERDE Awards, promoted by the Ministry of Environment.

During the exhibition was launched the 1st book of the artist, which 1st edition sold out after 2 days. Two more editions were produced. Details:

  • title BORDALO II _ 2011-2017
  • intro by Martha Cooper
  • texts by Carlo McCormick, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Lara Seixo Rodrigues, Sasha Bogojev, Samuel Infante and Trevor Whelan
  • 176 pp
  • 100% recycled paper

Overcoming all the best projections, this event brought to Xabregas more than 27.000 people. It was considered by the press one of the artistic events of the year (Time Out Lisboa and Extraordinary Hours).
* ‘Attero’ means producing garbage ou destroying in latin.

Art Exhibition


Partner | Artist

Bordalo II (Portugal)


curation, concept development, naming, graphic identity, interior design/architecture, contents, production and artist representation


Rua de Xabregas 49, Lisboa, Portugal


show 2017|november 4th – 26th
extension until 2017|december 3rd

Artworks featured




Photo Credit: Bruno Lopes (space + art pieces), Alípio Padilha (opening), Cláudia Alves (talks + guided tours) and Lara Seixo Rodrigues (workshops)

Video Credit: Rita Paiva

On the Map

AVE | Advertising Value Equivalency 2017 € 1.230.424 (€ 428.069 national + € 802.355 international)

AVE | Advertising Value Equivalency 2018 € 227.013 (€ 227.013 national)

Press highlights

Diário de Notícias _ ‘Artista Bordalo II inaugura exposição ‘ATTERO? Em Lisboa a 4 de Novembro’, 09/10/2017

Correio da Manhã _ ‘Caixotes de lixo são arte em Lisboa’, 02/11/2017

Briefing _ ‘E do lixo, Bordalo II fez uma exposição’, 21/11/2017

Comunidade Cultura e Arte _ ‘Attero é a primeira grande exposição a solo de Bordalo II’, 26/10/2017

Câmara Municipal de Lisboa _ 05/11/2017

Antena 3 _ Prova Oral, 17/11/2017

Destak _ ‘#lisboareutiliza’, 22/11/2017

Público Ípsilon _ ‘Bordalo II confronta-nos com os nossos desperdícios’, 04/11/2017

Público Ípsilon _ ‘Mais de 3200 pessoas visitaram exposição de Bordalo II em Lisboa no fim de semana’, 06/11/2017

Time Out _ ‘Exposição Attero de Bordalo II vai ser prolongada’, 21/11/2017

Antena 3 _ Domínio Público, 17/11/2017

Visão Sete _ Attero: a exposição a solo de Bordalo II é um manifesto ambiental’, 03/11/2017

Sábado _ ‘Exposição de Bordalo II em Lisboa teve cerca de 27 mil visitantes’, 04/12/2017

Sic Notícias _ ‘Bordalo II inaugura a primeira exposição individual Attero’, 03/11/2017

Sic notícias _ ‘Exposição de Bordalo II em Lisboa prolongada até 3 de Dezembro’, 21/11/2017