Francis Alÿs. A story of Deception: room guide, Re-enactments

Francis Alÿs in collaboration with Rafael Ortega Re-enactments Mexico City, 2000

Francis Alÿs in collaboration with Rafael Ortega
Re-enactments Mexico City 2000

Private collection © Francis Alÿs Photo: Unknown

Alÿs has always taken an interest in the ways in which performances are repeated and re-staged. For Re-enactments 2000 he walked into a gun shop, bought a weapon, and carried it very visibly until he was arrested. The next day, somewhat implausibly, he persuaded the police to take part in a reconstruction of the exact same events. The work exposes the fallacious idea that any performance can be known to us with pure immediacy and without mediation, yet it also points to the violence in Mexico City in a way that Alÿs has sometimes felt was too sensational.