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Francis Alÿs

(Belgium, Mexico 1959 – )

Title
Sleepers II
Year
2001
Media categories
Time-based media, Slides
Materials used
80 slide carousel projection
Edition
2/4 [edition of 4 + 2AP & 1 exhibition copy]
Dimensions
Signature & date
Signed Certificate of authenticity, blue felt tip pen "Francis Alÿs".
Credit
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
L2011.24
Copyright
© Francis Alÿs. Courtesy Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
Location
Not on display
Further information

Francis Alÿs’ idiosyncratic work resists classification. Encompassing lists, plans, and drawings, performances (including public parades and solitary walks) and collections of objects sourced from flea markets, his work is inclusive and plural and is often inspired by and located in the streets of Mexico City, where the artist lives and works.

‘Sleepers II’ is formed out of the colourful ecology of these streets documenting people and dogs asleep on streets, benches and bus stops. While the work could easily lend itself to social commentary the artist’s celebratory approach to his subject undermines such an interpretation. Embracing the disorder and openness of Mexico City, Alÿs has commented that: "'Sleepers' records the way dreaming might have a role in a possible rethinking of our conviviality."

Bibliography (2)

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 60.

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 153, 170, 171 (colour illus.), 180-181 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003

21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 18 Dec 2010–26 Apr 2011