This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Mexico City-based Belgian artist Francis Alÿs.
Because Alÿs makes many of his films available via a Creative Commons license, each day this week MANPodcast.com will stream one of Alÿs’s videos.
Today’s film is When Faith Moves Mountains (making of), which Alÿs made in collaboration with Cuauhtémoc Medina and Rafael Ortega in Lima in 2002. The film addresses not just the political situation in Peru at the time it was made, but also continues Alÿs’s exploration of the utility and meaning of religious faith. We talked about all of these subjects on this week’s MAN Podcast.
Alÿs’s most recent film is REEL-UNREEL, a commission that debuted at last year’s Documenta. It’s now on view at David Zwirner gallery in New York. Alÿs made the film in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2011.