London

Francis Alÿs,When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002. Performance view.

Francis Alÿs,When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002. Performance view.

London

Francis Alÿs

Tate Modern
Bankside
June 15–September 5, 2010

Curated by Mark Godfrey and Kerryn Greenberg

Over the course of his two-decade career, Belgian-born Francis Alÿs has developed a nuanced poetics of labor, largely via low-key, wryly resonant activities: pushing a huge block of ice through his adopted hometown of Mexico City until the cube has completely melted (Paradox of Praxis, 1997); directing five hundred volunteers armed with shovels to shift a great mass of sand four inches (When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002). This major mid-career exhibition will include the multifarious documentation Alÿs produced for these and some thirty other performative projects he’s staged worldwide. Premiering will be Tornado, 2010, a video in which the artist, dashing headlong into spinning cyclones of ash and sand, searches (once again) for meaning in a world of chaos.