|Francis Alÿs||Moma Projects 76: Francis Alÿs 2002
Francis Alÿs at MoMA QNS, a commissioned installation that is comprised of a video of his recent ceremonial procession commemorating MoMA's move from midtown Manhattan to Long Island City, Queens.
"Zocalo, Mexico D.F., Nov 14 1998"
The Thief (www.diacenter.org/alys) New York 1999
The Last Clown, Barcelona (2000)
|Free MATRIX 145 (2002)
When Faith Moves Mountains (2002)
A Project for Geological Displacement.
A project by Francis Alÿs, collaborating with Rafael Ortega and Cuauhtémoc Medina.
On April 11th 2002, 500 voluntiers were called in order to form a line to move a sand dune situated in the surroundings of the city of Lima. This human comb progressed pushing forward a certain quantity of sand with shovels in order to move the dune from its original position. The actual displacement was of an infinitesimal proportion, but not its metaphorical resonance.
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Born 1959, Antwerp (Belgium). Lives in Mexico City
was born in 1959 in Antwerp, Belgium, and currently lives
in Mexico City. His projects include Paradox of Praxis
(1997), for which the artist pushed a block of ice
through the streets of Mexico City until it melted, and,
most recently, When Faith Moves Mountains (2002), in
which 500 people at Ventanilla, outside Lima, Peru,
formed a single line at the foot of a giant sand dune and
moved it four inches using shovels. His work has been
featured in solo exhibitions at the Wadsworth Atheneum
Museum of Art in Hartford (2002), the Lisson Gallery in
London (1999 and 2001), the Galerie Peter Kilchmann in
Zurich (1999 and 2001), the Contemporary Art Gallery in
Vancouver (1998), and the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico
City (1997). He has also shown in group exhibitions at
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York (2002), the
Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Witte de With
center for contemporary art in Rotterdam, and the
Whitechapel Art Gallery in London (all 2001), and the
Hayward Gallery in London (1999), among many others.