Francis Alÿs: Knots’n Dust

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Francis Alÿs: Knots’n Dust

This catalogue was published in collaboration with Beirut Art Center for the 20 June — 9 September 2018 solo show at Ikon.

Organised by the Beirut Art Center, the exhibition is an outcome of Alÿs’ long-term interest in current affairs in the Middle East and his frequent travelling to that part of the world, especially Iraq and Afghanistan. Featuring new work in a mix of animation, drawing, film, painting and photography, the exhibition is a reflection on the notion of turbulence, from simple instability to chaos, from a meteorological phenomenon to bigger geopolitical pictures, from a simple knot in the hair to an ascending spiral. Knots represent links and bonds, as well as resistance and binding.

The project of Knots’N Dust began when Francis Alÿs visited Beirut in September 2015 in order to discuss a possible exhibition at Beirut Art Center. Knots’N Dust was conceived in a region where the colonial relocation of borders  has accentuated unresolved tensions and separated people, pitting communities against each other and against themselves. Conversations where held against the backdrop of the war in neighbouring Syria and a sandstorm that had engulfed the city for weeks.

Exhibition curated by Marie Muracciole. Organised in partnership with the Beirut Art Center. With the kind support of Peter and Natalie Hrechdakian, Marwan T. Assaf, Yola Noujaim, David Zwirner, Jan Mot and those supporters who wish to remain anonymous.

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.

 

£10.00