In the introduction to his book Sometimes Doing Something Poetic Can Become Political And Sometimes Doing Something Political Can Become Poetic, Francis Alys wonders, "in any case, how can art remain politically significant without assuming a doctrinal standpoint or aspiring to become social activism?" It's the perfect frame for Alys's project documented here, one in which he examines the transformation of a performance via re-contextualization. In 1995, Alys walked through Sao Paolo while leaving behind a trail of green paint, a project reviewed by one critic as a poetic gesture. Then, from 2004 to 2005, Alys left another green paint trail behind him as he walked, this time recreating the line originally sketched on a map of Jerusalem in 1948 as part of a ceasefire between Israeli troops and the Arab Legion.
Features color-coded interviews in English, Arabic, and Hebrew, as well as foldout maps and a DVD created in collaboration with Julien Devaux.
- 100 pages
- 8.25 x 6.5 x .75 inches
- David Zwirner Books, 2007