Photo by Natalia Almada. Courtesy of the artist. A minute later we are explaining simple etymologies to him. I imagine a kid playing with a toy car.
A story of deception by Francis Alÿs - Issuu
Born in Belgium in , he trained as an architect and has lived and worked in Mexico City since , having moved there to work on rebuilding projects after the earthquake. Inspired by the urban landscape, he began executing solitary walking events and street actions. One of his earliest pieces — a kind of farewell to architectural solutions, perhaps — was to stuff pillows into the frames of broken windows that he found during his strolls. Among his better-known feats is a performance in which he pushed a block of ice along the streets of Mexico City until it melted away, a work said to parody Minimalism, general notions of progress and the economic stability whose elusiveness bedevils Mexico.
Politics of Rehearsal
You are walking down a long road between two fields. The road never seems to change, but you keep glimpsing something, close by, in the distance. Is there water on the road ahead?
Tate Etc 1 May His projects have included pushing a block of ice around Mexico City until it melted, letting a fox loose in the National Gallery, London, at night and persuading Peruvians to move a giant sand dune by shovel. He has worked with a wide variety of media such as painting, video projection, animation and sculpture to produce art that can seem as ephemeral as it is poetic. He began with a pair of sunglasses, and ended up with a small wooden dog. On other occasions, he reverses the process — instead of standing still and letting a crowd form around him, he picks out a passer-by who looks like him, and follows him through the city.