Francis Alÿs

Francis Alÿs is a Belgian artist who understood walking, strolling and drifting as form of social resistance but also as a poetic discipline that inspired ideas for works and conditioned his urban perception

He used to kept in a corner of his studio a list of things he wasn’t doing while walking. This is an exercise analogous to thinking, with temporarily akin to that of narrative. Walking for him is a state of freedom from art, production and emotion.

‘Fairy Tales’

This is a fable of loss. While walking, Alÿs unravels his own sweater to leave a trail, as if unrolling a text. The thread becomes an urban drawing of her journey.

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