Francis Alÿs, ‘Gibraltar’, 2006-2008, Galerie Peter Kilchmann

About Francis Alÿs

Conceptual artist Francis Alÿs brings a distinct poetic and imaginative sensibility to observations of, and engagements with, both everyday life and politicized situations. In Alÿs's wide range of projects and interventions, he has taken a roundabout trip threading the United States-Mexico border—traveling from Tijuana to Australia, up the Pacific Rim to Alaska, and finally to California—to highlight the increasing obstacles imposed along the border (The Loop, 1997); pushed a melting block of ice through city streets (Paradox of Practice 1 (Sometimes Doing Something Leads to Nothing), 1997); hired sign painters to make copies of his works (Untitled (Sign Painting Project), 1993-1997); filmed an attempt to enter the center of a tornado (Tornado, 2000-2010); trailed a leaking can of paint along the Israel-Palestine border (The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic), 2005); and orchestrated hundreds of volunteers to move a sand dune (When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002).

Belgian, b. 1959, Antwerp, Belgium, based in Mexico City, Mexico

Solo Shows on Artsy


Group Shows on Artsy

Esma'/Listen, Beirut Art Center, Beirut
The 14th Istanbul Biennial: SALTWATER, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
The Importance of Being ..., Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
By Proxy, James Cohan, New York
Manifesta 10, International Manifesta Foundation