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    Introduction
    Francis Alÿs (born 1959, Antwerp) is a Belgian-born, Mexico-based artist. His work emerges in the interdisciplinary space of art, architecture, and social practice. In 1986, Alÿs left behind his profession as an architect and relocated to Mexico City. He has created a diverse body of artwork and performance art that explores urban tensions and geopolitics. Employing a broad range of media, from painting to performance, his works examine the tension between politics and poetics, individual action and impotence. Alÿs commonly enacts paseos—walks that resist the subjection of common space. Cyclical repetition and mechanics of progression and regression also inform the character of Alÿs' actions and mythology—Alÿs contrasts geological and technological time through land-based and social practice that examine individual memory and collective mythology. Alÿs frequently engages rumor as a central tool in his practice, disseminating ephemeral, practice-based works through word-of-mouth and storytelling.
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    Introduction
    Belgian artist based in Mexico City works within an interdisciplinary practice encompassing a variety of media and actions. He studied architecture formally.
    Nationalities
    Belgian, Central American, Mexican, South American
    Gender
    Male
    Roles
    Artist, Cinematographer, Conceptual Artist, Multimedia Artist, Painter, Performance Artist, Photographer, Video Artist
    Names
    Francis Alÿs, Francis Alys, Francis De Smedt
    Ulan
    500116308
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    Works

    197 works online

    Exhibitions

    Publications

    • Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception Exhibition catalogue, Paperback, 200 pages
    • Francis Alÿs Postcards Exhibition catalogue, Postcard Box, 30 pages
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