Francis Alÿs Collection on Avila

On the occasion of the exhibition Francis Alÿs. The Nature of the Game at WIELS from 7 September 2023 until 7 January 2024, Avila releases a collection of nine iconic films by Belgian artist Francis Alÿs. All films are globally available for free. 

Francis Alÿs (Antwerp, 1959) lives and works in Mexico City and is one of today’s most influential artists. In his practice, he employs a variety of media, ranging from painting and drawing to video and animation. Using diverse poetical and allegorical approaches, Alÿs explores political subjects as well as daily situations: pushing a melting block of ice through city streets; filming his efforts to enter the center of a tornado; carrying a leaking can of paint along the contested Israel and Palestine border; equipping hundreds of volunteers to move a colossal dune.

These “interventions” are documented through video, immediately raising the question of “where” Alÿs’ artwork is located. Is it in the performances and actions, even though these mostly did not involve spectators? Are the videos more than mere recordings?

Find the collection here.

Paradox of Praxis: Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing (Francis Alÿs, 1997)

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