Francis Alÿs
Ciudad Juárez Projects

Emily Rosamond
David Zwirner, London, June 11 — August 5, 2016
88_CR05_Rosamond_Alys_Paradox of Praxis 5
Francis Alÿs in collaboration with Julien Devaux, Rafael Ortega, Alejandro Morales and Félix Blume  Paradox of Praxis 5: Sometimes we dream as we live & sometimes we live as we dream, Ciudad Juárez, México, 2013, video still. Photo : courtesy of David Zwirner, New York/London
David Zwirner, London, June 11 — August 5, 2016

“What single item would you take from a burning house?” A reporter once asked the writer Jean Cocteau this clichéd question. Without skipping a beat, he retorted, “I would take the fire.”1 1 - Jean Cocteau, The Difficulty of Being, trans. Edith Sprigge (New York: Da Capo Press, 1995), back cover, quoted in Johnny Golding, “Ana-Materialism and the Pineal Eye: Becoming Mouth-Breast,” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 19, no. 4 (2013): 67. To take the fire out of the burning house involves an impossible act: lifting burning itself — the brash light that bends destinies, engulfs surfaces, consumes what it illuminates — from the material substrates on which it feeds.

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