Francis Alÿs

Throughout his practice, Francis Alÿs consistently directs his distinct poetic and imaginative sensibility toward anthropological and geopolitical concerns centred around observations of, and engagements with, everyday life, which the artist himself has described as “a sort of discursive argument composed of episodes, metaphors, or parables.” His multifaceted projects include public actions, installations, video, paintings, drawings­ and involve travelling the longest possible route between Mexico and the United States; pushing a melting block of ice through city streets; and equipping hundreds of volunteers to move a colossal sand dune ten centimetres. Born in 1959 in Antwerp, Belgium, Alÿs originally trained as an architect. He moved to Mexico City in 1986, where he continues to live and work, and it was the confrontation with issues of urbanisation and social unrest in his new country of adoption that inspired his decision to become a visual artist.