Room guide

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Francis Alÿs was born in Belgium in 1959 and trained as an architect before re-locating to Mexico City in 1986, where he has been based ever since. He is best known for his actions which he documents in various ways. Some just involve him walking through the city; other actions are epic events set in dramatic landscapes involving hundreds of participants. Alÿs also works with painting, animation and drawing, and many of the images he creates have a dreamlike surreal quality. His actions are frequently humorous, often transient, and can sometimes seem absurd, but they are always concise and carefully planned. For a long time Alÿs has been interested in spreading news about his work through unconventional means such as rumour, so audiences can interpret his projects in unpredictable ways without seeing images of them. All these poetic qualities lead to his idiosyncratic way of approaching questions to do with urbanism, economics, migration, and borders. Bringing some of Alÿs’s most famous works together with new projects, this exhibition concentrates on the different ways in which he has used poetic acts and images to address political situations, whether in Mexico, Lima, Panama, or Jerusalem.

A Story of Deception (room 1)

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at Tate Modern 15 June to 5 September 2010 room guide room 2

The Loop (room 2)

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at Tate Modern 15 June to 5 September 2010 room guide room 2

Mexico City (rooms 2 & 3)

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at Tate Modern 15 June to 5 September 2010 room guide rooms 2 & 3

Re-enactments (room 5)

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at Tate Modern 15 June to 5 September 2010 room guide rooms 5

Children's Games (rooms 6 & 10)

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at Tate Modern 15 June to 5 September 2010 room guide Children's Games

Rehearsal (rooms 6 & 7)

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at Tate Modern 15 June to 5 September 2010 room guide Rehearsal

When Faith Moves Mountains (Room 8)

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at Tate Modern 15 June to 5 September 2010 room guide room 8, When ...

Silencio (room 9)

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at Tate Modern 15 June to 5 September 2010 room guide Silencio

The Green Line (room 11)

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at Tate Modern 15 June to 5 September 2010 room guide The Green Line

Paintings (rooms 12 & 13)

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at Tate Modern 15 June to 5 September 2010 room guide rooms 12 & 13 ...

Tornado (rooms 14 & 15)

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at Tate Modern 15 June to 5 September 2010 room guide Tornado

Song for Lupita (room 16)

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at Tate Modern 15 June to 5 September 2010 room guide Song for Lupita ...