VANTAGE BY AAKASH NIHALANI

Aakash Nihalani
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Art bending our perceptions

Reality is such a relative thing. New-York based street artist Aakash Nihalani decided to play with our senses with his exhibition Vantage, a series of awesome optical illusions that fill the walls of Wunderkammern as well as parts of Rome‘s walls. The show opened on April 5th and will run until May 17th. Throughout this collection and most of his work, Nihalani raises the question of point of view and tries to deceive our senses, creating these false volumes that distort the architecture to which they’re fixed as well as our actual environment. The illusion reaches its full potential when viewed from the right angle.

The sensation experienced is quite indescribable (but we’ll try anyway). It feels like the shapes are slowly moving with us until we’re perfectly positioned. Then, something happens in our brain and it seems those shapes are in front of us, that reality is just a background used as a support of our imagination. Using only painted and sculpted canvas, Aakash Nihalani interacts with us in a funny and beautiful way, teaching us to doubt our perceptions.

VANTAGE BY AAKASH NIHALANI