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Thursday 06 January 2011. Part of Excursions.

On January 6th, 2011, ADA organised an excursion to Brussels to visit Francis Alÿs’s solo exhibition A Story of Deception at Wiels, Brussels.

Francis Alÿs is a Belgium born artist (1959) who lives and works in Mexico City. The exhibition in Wiels had a retrospective character, presenting both iconic and recent works. Among them were paintings, drawings, video, animation and installation, some of which were shown for the first time.

Francis Alÿs’s work often starts with a simple act, either by him or others, which is then documented in a range of media. Working in urban settings and dramatic landscapes, he creates interventions, which frequently address a historical or political concern attached to a specific site. Alÿs moved to Mexico City in the mid 1980s at a time of political unrest. He began to make work which recorded every day life there, capturing images of street sleepers and workers. [Quoted from Wiels’s press text.]

After seeing the show in Wiels, ADA’s tour continued to Jan Mot Gallery, which showed Le Versant de l’Analyse, by the French artist Pierre Bismuth. The last stop of the tour was Dépendance gallery, with the exhibition The Balalaika Moment by Josef Strau.

'Turista' from 1996 displayed on a table with sketches.
'Turista' from 1996 displayed on a table with sketches.
'A Story of Deception', Francis Alÿs in collaboration with Olivier Debroise and Rafael Ortega, 2006.
'A Story of Deception', Francis Alÿs in collaboration with Olivier Debroise and Rafael Ortega, 2006.
Slideshow 'Ambulantes', 1992 - now.
Slideshow 'Ambulantes', 1992 - now.
Sketches and ideas for 'The Green Line' from 2007.
Sketches and ideas for 'The Green Line' from 2007.
View from Wiels's top floor.
View from Wiels's top floor.
'Le Versant de l'Analyse' by Pierre Bismuth in Jan Mot Gallery.
'Le Versant de l'Analyse' by Pierre Bismuth in Jan Mot Gallery.
'En suivant la main gauche de Jacques Lacan - L'ame et l'inonscient' by Pierre Bismuth.
'En suivant la main gauche de Jacques Lacan - L'ame et l'inonscient' by Pierre Bismuth.
Detail of the installation 'Le Versant de l'Analyse' by Pierre Bismuth.
Detail of the installation 'Le Versant de l'Analyse' by Pierre Bismuth.
'The Balalaika Moment' by Josef Strau in Dépendance.
'The Balalaika Moment' by Josef Strau in Dépendance.