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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."


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Curator insights - Contemporary galleries Sleepers II

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Details


Date

2001


Media category

Time-based art


Materials used

eighty 35mm slides, colour, carousel projector


Edition

2/4 [edition of 4 + 2AP & 1 exhibition copy]


Dimensions

duration: 00:00:02 sec per slide, display dimensions variable


Signature & date

Signed l.l. certificate of authenticity, blue fibre-tipped pen "Francis Alÿs". Not dated.


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2011.24


Artist information

Francis Alÿs

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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

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