Artspace Turns 21 (print series)

Francis alys 1200x1501 q90

Francis Alÿs, Artspace Turns 21​ (print series), 2008, courtesy of Artspace Aotearoa.

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Francis Alÿs
Artspace Turns 21 (print series)

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As part of Artspace Turns 21 print series (2008), this commissioned work by Francis Alÿs makes reference to the Spanish verb paseo; walk/stroll, as a form of disruptive social practice, through a process of printing graphic silhouettes of the human leg over the global map.

Francis Alÿs (born 1959, Antwerp) is a Belgium-born artist, based in Mexico. Their work emerges from an interdisciplinary space of art, architecture, and social practice - to engage with ideas of the anthropological and geopolitical through observations of everyday life. Frequently drawing on Charles Baudelaire’s figure of the flâneur to enact paseos - walks that reconfigure time and space, Alÿs slows reality down to a stroll, a performative intervention against the politics of control surrounding common spaces.

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