Knots’n Dust | Francis Alÿs

Date: January 31 – May 3, 2018
Location: Beirut Art Center

Francis Alÿs’ show at Beirut Art Center gathers works, both early and recent, that explore zones of turbulence, the motions at the core and the spread out effects, ranging from the minuscule to the monumental. The show reflects on the notion of turbulence, from instability to total chaos, from meteorological phenomena to geopolitical manifestations, from a simple knot in the hair to an ascending spiral. Knots represent links and bonds, as well as resistance and binding. They are the smallest unit in the making of a fabric yet they are its sine qua non mechanic condition: a continuous surface that can bring some opacity, some support for projection, inscription, hiding, drawing and building.
The show will feature photographs taken by Francis Alÿs in the streets of Beirut in 2015 at the occasion of a sand storm, as a local echo of this series, in addition to videos, a previously unseen animation film, and paintings. In these works, every affirmation walks along with its opposite, any gesture comes with its own undoing. “doubt, doubt again & doubt better” (Samuel Beckett). This poetic step invites the spectator to engage in larger issues throughout deceptively insignificant details.

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