Francis Alÿs

(Belgium, 1959)


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From June 1 to July 5, 1997, Francis Alÿs traveled from Tijuana to San Diego without crossing the US-Mexico border by circumnavigating the globe. His project, The Loop, took him from a point at the border fence in Tijuana, to the same point on the border fence, but on the San Diego side. Stopping in places such as Australia, China, and Canada, Alÿs documented the trip through email, journal entries, photographs, and mementos found along the way. Alÿs stated that his project was an investigation of the verbal, visual, and bicultural, and was to remain independent from any critical implications and conclusions beyond the physical displacement of the artist. Project documentation, as well as a large edition of postcards describing the project and the artist’s route, were casually displayed in the reading room of the CECUT during the public phase of INSITE97.

Curators: Jessica Bradley, Olivier Debroise, Ivo Mesquita, and Sally Yard
Venue: A route around the globe following the Pacific Rim