Siobhan Davies + Francis Alÿs

Francis Alÿs

Initially trained as an architect and engineer, Francis Alÿs is an acute and sensitive observer of urban life. He employs a wide range of media, from painting to performance, film and photography. Alÿs has realised projects all over the world, including Paradox of Praxis I (1997), an action in which he pushed a block of ice through the streets of Mexico City until it melted, and The Green Line (2004), in which he walked through Jerusalem carrying a leaking can filled with green paint that dripped out, leaving a line on the ground behind him. Many of his projects are undertaken in collaboration with others, such as When Faith Moves Mountains (2002), in which 500 volunteers at Ventanilla, outside Lima, Peru, formed a single line and used shovels to move a giant sand dune four inches. The first major public presentation of his work in Britain, Seven Walks (2005), was commissioned and produced by Artangel.

Francis Alÿs was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1959 and moved to Mexico City in 1986 where he still lives and works today. Solo exhibitions, include Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (1997), The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2002), Portikus, Frankfurt (2006), The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago (2008). He has been included in numerous group exhibitions and biennials world-wide, including the São Paulo Bienal (1998), Istanbul Biennial (1999), Havana Biennial (2000), Shanghai Biennale (2002), Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2004), Time Zones Tate Modern, London (2004) and the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2008). A major solo exhibition will take place at Tate Modern, London and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2010.

Siobhan Davies

Siobhan Davies advocates for the wider recognition of dance as a significant and extraordinary art form. She created her first piece Relay in 1972 and has made over 40 works for Siobhan Davies Dance, and other companies including Artangel, The Royal Ballet and Rambert. Her work has won numerous awards including an Olivier and South Bank Show Award and much of it has been filmed for television.