Francis Alÿs

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A still from a collaborative video by Francis Alÿs, titled Paradox of Praxis 5: Sometimes we dream as we live & sometimes we live as we dream, dated 2013.
A still from a collaborative video by Francis Alÿs, titled Paradox of Praxis 5: Sometimes we dream as we live & sometimes we live as we dream, dated 2013.
A still from a collaborative video by Francis Alÿs, titled Paradox of Praxis 5: Sometimes we dream as we live & sometimes we live as we dream, dated 2013.
Francis Alÿs in collaboration with Julien Devaux, Rafael Ortega, Alejandro Morales, and Félix Blume
Paradox of Praxis 5: Sometimes we dream as we live & sometimes we live as we dream
Ciudad Juárez, México
, 2013
Video, 7:49 minutes, color, sound
Dimensions vary with installation (Aspect ratio 16:9)
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled The Silence of Ani, dated 2015.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled The Silence of Ani, dated 2015.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled The Silence of Ani, dated 2015.
Francis Alÿs
The Silence of Ani, 2015
Installation composed of single channel video, 13:21 min, black and white, sound; one diptych; one painting; one drawing on three sheets of vellum; archive consisting of: 70 birdcalls; varied ephemera including studies for animation, notes and drawings on paper, digital photos, and plastic cards
Dimensions variable
A still from a collaborative video by Francis Alÿs, titled Lada Kopeika, dated 2014.
A still from a collaborative video by Francis Alÿs, titled Lada Kopeika, dated 2014.
A still from a collaborative video by Francis Alÿs, titled Lada Kopeika, dated 2014.
Francis Alys in collaboration Frédéric de Smedt, Constantin Felker, and Julien Devaux
Lada Kopeika , 2014
An untitled diptych painting by Francis Alÿs, dated 2012.
An untitled diptych painting by Francis Alÿs, dated 2012.
An untitled diptych painting by Francis Alÿs, dated 2012.
Francis Alÿs
Untitled, 2012
Diptych Painting 1: 7 x 5 x 1/2 inches (17.8 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm) Painting 2: 7 x 4 3/4 x 1/2 inches (17.8 x 12.1 x 1.3 cm)
Painting 1: Oil, encaustic and collage on canvas on wood Painting 2: Oil and encaustic on canvas on wood
A still from a collaborative video by Francis Alÿs, titled REEL-UNREEL, dated 2011.
A still from a collaborative video by Francis Alÿs, titled REEL-UNREEL, dated 2011.
A still from a collaborative video by Francis Alÿs, titled REEL-UNREEL, dated 2011.
Francis Alÿs in collaboration with Julien Devaux and Ajmal Maiwandi
REEL-UNREEL, 2011
Dimensions variable with installation (Aspect ratio 16:9)
Single channel video projection, 19:28 min, color, sound
A painting by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (color bar), dated from 2011 to 2012.
A painting by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (color bar), dated from 2011 to 2012.
A painting by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (color bar), dated from 2011 to 2012.
Francis Alÿs
Untitled (color bar), 2011-2012
Encaustic and pigments on wood panels
9 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches (23.5 x 29.3 cm)
An untitled painting by Francis Alÿs, dated from 2011 to 2012.
An untitled painting by Francis Alÿs, dated from 2011 to 2012.
An untitled painting by Francis Alÿs, dated from 2011 to 2012.
Francis Alÿs
Untitled , 2011-2012
Oil on canvas on wood
5 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches (13 x 18.1 cm)
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Watercolor, dated 2010.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Watercolor, dated 2010.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Watercolor, dated 2010.
Francis Alÿs
Watercolor, 2010
Video projection, 1:19 min (loop), color, sound
Dimensions variable
An installation view of the solo exhibition, Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at the Tate Modern, London, dated from 2000 to 2010.
An installation view of the solo exhibition, Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at the Tate Modern, London, dated from 2000 to 2010.
An installation view of the solo exhibition, Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at the Tate Modern, London, dated from 2000 to 2010.
Francis Alÿs
Tornado
Installation view of the 2010 solo exhibition, Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at the Tate Modern, London, 2000-2010
An installation view of the solo exhibition titled, Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project at the Menil Collection in Houston, dated 2016 to 2018.
An installation view of the solo exhibition titled, Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project at the Menil Collection in Houston, dated 2016 to 2018.
An installation view of the solo exhibition titled, Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project at the Menil Collection in Houston, dated 2016 to 2018.
Francis Alÿs
Installation view of the 2016-2018 solo exhibition Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project at the Menil Collection, Houston
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Painting/Retoque, dated 2008.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Painting/Retoque, dated 2008.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Painting/Retoque, dated 2008.
Francis Alÿs
Painting/Retoque, 2008
Video, 8:30 min, color, sound
Two paintings by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (Study for Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River), dated 2007 to 2008.
Two paintings by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (Study for Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River), dated 2007 to 2008.
Two paintings by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (Study for Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River), dated 2007 to 2008.
Francis Alÿs
Untitled (Study for Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River), 2007-2008
Oil and encaustic on canvas on wood
Diptych Painting 1: 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm) Painting 2: 7 x 5 1/8 inches (17.8 x 13 cm)
An painting by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (Study for ‘Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River’), dated 2006 to 2008.
An painting by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (Study for ‘Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River’), dated 2006 to 2008.
An painting by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (Study for ‘Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River’), dated 2006 to 2008.
Francis Alÿs
Untitled (Study for ‘Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River’), 2006-2008
9 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches (24.4 x 19.4 cm)
Oil and encaustic on canvas on wood
A painting by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled – Tanger/Hoffa, March 11 2007 (Study for ‘Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River’), dated 2007.
A painting by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled – Tanger/Hoffa, March 11 2007 (Study for ‘Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River’), dated 2007.
A painting by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled – Tanger/Hoffa, March 11 2007 (Study for ‘Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River’), dated 2007.
Francis Alÿs
Untitled – Tanger/Hoffa, March 11 2007 (Study for ‘Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River’), 2007
Oil and encaustic on wood
7 x 5 inches (17.7 x 12.6 cm)
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Rehearsal II, dated 2001.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Rehearsal II, dated 2001.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Rehearsal II, dated 2001.
Francis Alÿs
Rehearsal II, 2001
Dimensions variable
Single-channel video projection, 14:25 min, color, sound
An Installation view of the 52nd Venice Biennale: Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind, dated 2007.
An Installation view of the 52nd Venice Biennale: Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind, dated 2007.
An Installation view of the 52nd Venice Biennale: Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind, dated 2007.
Francis Alÿs
Installation view of the 52nd Venice Biennale: Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind in 2007
 
Bolero (Shoe Shine Blues), 1996-2007
Installation composed of Bolero (Video animation projected from hard drive, 9:40 min, color, sound); 384 framed vellum drawings; styrofoam and wood maquette; and two annex videos: R.E.H.E.A.R.S.A.L, (Video, 2:33 min, color, sound), and Politics of Rehearsal (Video documentary, 29:54 min, color, sound)

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A detail from a work by Francis Alÿs, titled Bolero (Shoe Shine Blues), dated from 1996 to 2007.
A detail from a work by Francis Alÿs, titled Bolero (Shoe Shine Blues), dated from 1996 to 2007.
A detail from a work by Francis Alÿs, titled Bolero (Shoe Shine Blues), dated from 1996 to 2007.
Francis Alÿs
Detail from installation of Bolero (Shoe Shine Blues), 1996-2007
Graphite and tape on vellum
9 1/4 x 10 7/8 inches (23.5 x 27.6 cm)
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic), dated 2005.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic), dated 2005.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic), dated 2005.
Francis Alÿs
The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic), 2005
Video projection, 2 hard drives, touch screen, 5 mdf tables, 10 lamps, framed map, works on paper, photocollages, 1 painting, 1 wood gun sculpture
A detail from a multimedia work by Francis Alÿs, titled The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic), dated 2005.
A detail from a multimedia work by Francis Alÿs, titled The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic), dated 2005.
A detail from a multimedia work by Francis Alÿs, titled The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic), dated 2005.
Francis Alÿs
A camgun from The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic)
 
The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic), 2005`
18 x 40 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches (45.7 x 102.9 x 33.7 cm)
Video projection, 2 hard drives, touch screen, 5 mdf tables, 10 lamps, framed map, works on paper, photocollages, 1 painting, 1 wood gun sculpture
An installation view of The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic) from the exhibition, Francis Alÿs : A Story of Deception at the Tate Modern, London, dated 2010.
An installation view of The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic) from the exhibition, Francis Alÿs : A Story of Deception at the Tate Modern, London, dated 2010.
An installation view of The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic) from the exhibition, Francis Alÿs : A Story of Deception at the Tate Modern, London, dated 2010.
Francis Alÿs
Installation view of The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic) from the 2010 solo exhibition, Francis Alÿs : A Story of Deception at the Tate Modern, London
Video projection, 2 hard drives, touch screen, 5 mdf tables, 10 lamps, framed map, works on paper, photocollages, 1 painting, 1 wood gun sculpture
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Beggars, dated from 2002 to 2004.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Beggars, dated from 2002 to 2004.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Beggars, dated from 2002 to 2004.
Francis Alÿs
Beggars, 2002-2004
80 35 mm slide carousel projection
Dimensions variable
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled When Faith Moves Mountains, dated 2002.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled When Faith Moves Mountains, dated 2002.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled When Faith Moves Mountains, dated 2002.
Francis Alÿs
When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002
Video installation with one projection and two monitors
Dimensions vary with each installation
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled When Faith Moves Mountains, dated 2002.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled When Faith Moves Mountains, dated 2002.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled When Faith Moves Mountains, dated 2002.
Francis Alÿs
When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002
Video installation with one projection and two monitors
Dimensions vary with each installation
A drawing by Francis Alÿs, titled When Faith Moves Mountains (Cuando la Fe Mueve Montañas), dated April 11, 2002.
A drawing by Francis Alÿs, titled When Faith Moves Mountains (Cuando la Fe Mueve Montañas), dated April 11, 2002.
A drawing by Francis Alÿs, titled When Faith Moves Mountains (Cuando la Fe Mueve Montañas), dated April 11, 2002.
Francis Alÿs
When Faith Moves Mountains (Cuando la Fe Mueve Montañas), April 11, 2002
Pencil, oil, spray paint, and masking tape on vellum
11 x 14 1/8 inches (27.9 x 35.9 cm)
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled The Modern Procession, dated 2002.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled The Modern Procession, dated 2002.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled The Modern Procession, dated 2002.
Francis Alÿs
The Modern Procession, 2002
Single channel video, 7:30 min, color, sound
Dimensions variable
A drawing from a work by Francis Alÿs, titled The Modern Procession, dated 2002.
A drawing from a work by Francis Alÿs, titled The Modern Procession, dated 2002.
A drawing from a work by Francis Alÿs, titled The Modern Procession, dated 2002.
Francis Alÿs
A drawing from The Modern Procession, 2002
Single channel video, 7:30 min, color, sound
Dimensions variable
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Rehearsal I (Ensayo I), dated from 1999 to 2001.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Rehearsal I (Ensayo I), dated from 1999 to 2001.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Rehearsal I (Ensayo I), dated from 1999 to 2001.
Francis Alÿs
Rehearsal I (Ensayo I), 1999-2001
Installation composed of Rehearsal I (Video projection, 29:30 min, color, sound) and three Annex videos: Perro Pelota (Video on monitor, 1 hr (loop), color, sound); Maqueta (Video projection, 15:18 min, b&w, sound); and Caracoles (Video on monitor, 4:22 min, color, sound)
Dimensions variable
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Re-enactments, dated 2001.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Re-enactments, dated 2001.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Re-enactments, dated 2001.
Francis Alÿs
Re-enactments, 2001
Two-channel video installation, 5:20 min each, color, sound
Dimensions variable
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Re-enactments, dated 2001.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Re-enactments, dated 2001.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Re-enactments, dated 2001.
Francis Alÿs
Re-enactments, 2001
Two-channel video installation, 5:20 min each, color, sound
Dimensions variable
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Zócalo, May 22, 1999, dated 1999.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Zócalo, May 22, 1999, dated 1999.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Zócalo, May 22, 1999, dated 1999.
Francis Alÿs
Zócalo, May 22, 1999, 1999
Single screen DVD projection with soundtrack
Dimensions variable, 12 hour duration
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing, dated 1997.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing, dated 1997.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing, dated 1997.
Francis Alÿs
Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing, 1997
Video, 4:59 min (loop), color, sound Dimensions vary with each installation
Dimensions variable
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Cuentos Patrioticos, dated 1997.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Cuentos Patrioticos, dated 1997.
A still from a video by Francis Alÿs, titled Cuentos Patrioticos, dated 1997.
Francis Alÿs
Cuentos Patrioticos, 1997
Single screen video installation 25:40 min
Dimensions Variable
An installation view of Cuentos Patrioticos from the show, Francis Alÿs, at Sammlung Goetz in Munich, dated 1997.
An installation view of Cuentos Patrioticos from the show, Francis Alÿs, at Sammlung Goetz in Munich, dated 1997.
An installation view of Cuentos Patrioticos from the show, Francis Alÿs, at Sammlung Goetz in Munich, dated 1997.
Francis Alÿs
Installation view of Cuentos Patrioticos from the 2008 solo show Francis Alÿs at Sammlung Goetz, Munich, 1997
Single screen video installation 25:40 min
Dimensions Variable
Painting by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (Sign Painting Project), dated from 1993 to 1997.
Painting by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (Sign Painting Project), dated from 1993 to 1997.
Painting by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (Sign Painting Project), dated from 1993 to 1997.
Francis Alÿs
Untitled (Sign Painting Project), 1993-1997
Acrylic on board
4 paintings. Left panel: 63 3/4 x 43 1/2 inches (161.9 x 110.5 cm); central panel: 47 1/2 x 36 3/4 inches (120.7 x 93.3 cm); upper right panel: 11 3/16 x 8 5/8 inches (28.4 x 21.9 cm); lower right panel: 9 3/8 x 7 1/8 inches (23.8 x 18 cm)
A detail from a work by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (Sign Painting Project), dated from 1993 to 1997.
A detail from a work by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (Sign Painting Project), dated from 1993 to 1997.
A detail from a work by Francis Alÿs, titled Untitled (Sign Painting Project), dated from 1993 to 1997.
Francis Alÿs
Detail from Untitled (Sign Painting Project), 1993-1997
Acrylic on board
4 paintings. Left panel: 63 3/4 x 43 1/2 inches (161.9 x 110.5 cm); central panel: 47 1/2 x 36 3/4 inches (120.7 x 93.3 cm); upper right panel: 11 3/16 x 8 5/8 inches (28.4 x 21.9 cm); lower right panel: 9 3/8 x 7 1/8 inches (23.8 x 18 cm)