(Belgium, Mexico 1959– )
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."
Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection 2003, 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.).
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