Tags for: Francis Alÿs: Paradox of Praxis 5
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A video still of a person approaching a fiery object outside a bus at night

Paradox of Praxis 5 (still), 2013. Francis Alÿs (Belgian, active Mexico, b. 1959), in collaboration with Rafael Ortega (Mexican, b. 1965), Julien Devaux (Belgian, b. 1975), Alejandro Morales (Mexican, b. 1990), and Félix Blume (French, b. 1984). Video, color, sound; 7:49 min. © Francis Alÿs. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner

Francis Alÿs: Paradox of Praxis 5

Tuesday, November 21, 2023–Sunday, March 17, 2024
Location:  224B Video

About The Exhibition

In Paradox of Praxis 5, Francis Alÿs is shown kicking a flaming soccer ball at night through the streets of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, until it finally extinguishes. Filmed over hours, this durational task becomes a performance of futile labor and exertion, as well as one of impending peril. The title of the work heightens the irony of the exercise, conjuring allusions to the piece as a metaphor for artistic practice in general. Alÿs is a Belgium-born artist who moved to Mexico City in 1986 and has lived and worked there ever since. His distinctly poetic and imaginative artworks are often centered on observations of, and engagements with, everyday life, which the artist describes as being “composed of episodes, metaphors, or parables.”  

Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner