Project Room: Francis Alÿs

November 28, 2005 - May 28, 2006


After assisting with the rebuilding of Mexico following the 1985 earthquake, Belgian artist Alys decided to stay on. In Re-enactments we see a projection diptych. On the left, actual footage of the artist purchasing a firearm and walking with it in full view through the streets of Mexico City. After what seems like an eternity, he gets arrested. On the right a re-enactment of the same action, only this time done with the assistance of the police.


Re-enactments, 2000
Double DVD projection
Duration 12 min. 30 sec.


Untitled (Boy with wooden gun), 2004
oil & encaustic/masonite, mm incl drawings, newspaper clippings, wooden gun with 16mm film cannister
Installation: 32 1/2 x 67 x 2 1/4 in. (82.5 x 170.2 x 5.7 cm)
Oil painting: 27 x 20 x 2 in. (68.9 x 50.8 x 5.1 cm)