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Francis Alÿs, REEL-UNREEL

Kabul, Afghanistan 2011

In collaboration with Julien Devaux and Ajmal Maiwandi

20:00 min.

Francis Alÿs

CONCRETE GEOGRAPHIES [ NOMADS ]
A new book by Xavier Ribas with Bside Books
Book release in June 2012

84 pages
Page size_ 24 x 30 cm. / 9,5 x 11,7 in.
33 tritone B/W + 3 CMYK photographs
Paper_ Gardapat 13 Kiara 115 g
Hardbound_ cloth
Limited edition of 687 copies signed and numbered
ISBN_ 978-84-615-7229-8
With the support of the University of Brighton

On the 24th of February 2004, heavy machinery entered an empty industrial plot in Barcelona occupied by some sixty Gypsy families. Over a few days two diggers drilled and lifted up the concrete floor of the site, intimidating the Gypsies and finally pushing them out. They left behind a contorted surface, like a horizontal wall, to protect the site and keep it empty. This method of dissuasion demonstrates the economic value of violence and destruction in order to control space. The broken ground, the fissures and fragments of concrete slabs standing up like remnants of ancient Mayan stelae give testimony, still today, of this displacement.

 

 

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