In the studio: The artist at Work The Economist’s new series begins with a fascinating piece on Francis Alÿs.
“Francis Alÿs, a Belgian artist, has lived in Mexico for over 20 years. He trained as an architect, then went to Latin America with the Belgian army as part of earthquake aid efforts in 1986. A few years later he found himself in Mexico City, where he decided to make a job out of embracing his sense of estrangement. Last autumn he moved his studio to Plaza Loreto, a square in the urban border zone between the city’s renovated historic centre and a lawless sprawl of drugs, prostitution and DVD pirates. The location is significant. It betrays the artist’s fascination with the poetics and politics of parallel worlds.”