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HEAD TO TOES: FRANCIS ALŸS’S PATHS OF RESISTANCE

[As] the highly rational societies of the Renaissance felt the need to create Utopias, we of our times must create fables.—Francis Alÿs, the loser/the winner, 1998

MY EPIGRAPH WAS EASY ENOUGH to find. It was typewritten by Francis Alÿs on the lower left corner of a tourist map of Stockholm, which had been spread out on a simple antique wooden table complete with a matching chair in a room inside the Swedish city’s Nordic Museum. Together with other writings and a postcard, the installation was one component of the artist’s the loser/the winner, 1998, itself part of an ongoing series of projects the artist calls paseos (strolls). Generally carried out with various props in tow, the paseos have been enacted in any number of diverse locales: Alÿs strolled the avenues of Havana while wearing magnetic shoes; he traversed the working-class neighborhood of Pinheiros in São Paulo carrying a

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