Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River, 2008

Francis Alÿs
Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River, 2008
Videos, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographic installation
Dimensions variable
Installation view
Photo by Alfredo Rubio

Overview

The Strait of Gibraltar is 7.7 nautical miles wide (13 km) and separates Africa from Europe. If a line of kids leaves Europe and heads towards Morocco, and a line of kids leaves Africa and heads towards Spain, will the two lines meet in the chimera of the horizon? Francis Al.sGibraltar project is peculiar: a peculiar place was chosen, a plot was written, an event took place in real time with real people and cameras recorded an imaginary meeting. There is a story but no happy ending. There is a fable but no moral. All the artist has is a mise en situation.

Courtesy of the Artist



2013

This project was part of Sharjah Biennial 11

Credits

In collaboration with Julien Devaux, Rafael Ortega, Felix Blume, Ivan Bocara, Jimena Blasquez, Roberto Rubalcava, Begoña Rey, Abbas Benhnin and the kids of Tarifa and Tangier.

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Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River

Francis Alÿs
2011

Videos, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographic installation
Dimensions variable
Installation view
Photo by Alfredo Rubio

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Children’s Game #2: Ricochets

Francis Alÿs
2011

Paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographic installation,
Videos
4 minutes, 42 seconds
Installation view
Photo by Alfredo Rubio

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Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River

Francis Alÿs
2011

Videos, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographic installation
Dimensions variable
Installation view
Photo by Alfredo Rubio

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Alÿs, Francis

Urban strolls play a central role in Francis Alÿs’s practice, as seen in the video The Collector, 1991–92, in which the artist pulls a magnetic toy through the streets of Mexico City until it is covered in metal debris.