Francis Alÿs

Sleepers II

2001
"Sleepers II " originated from Alÿs’ practice of walking through Mexico City as a way of “intervening, recording and involving himself in the urban [landscape] as a territory of conflicts, frictions and tales.” By photographing people and dogs sleeping in the city’s public spaces, the artist depicts how the economy has determined the lives of people and animals in Mexico City, and shows their varying approaches to life in the street. The piece functions both as an allegory of global capital and a document reporting on the disparity and disconnect within Mexico City, as a place of both great wealth and abject poverty.
Title
Sleepers II
Date
2001
Medium
Photograph
Materials
eighty 35 mm colour slides
Dimensions
installation dimensions variable
Nationality
Belgian
Credit line
Purchased 2002
Rights
© Courtesy Lisson Gallery and Francis Alÿs
Accession number
41076.1-80