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Francis Alÿs
"Don’t cross the bridge before you get to the river," 2009

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This is the first experimental version of Francis Alÿs’s project "Don’t cross the bridge before you get to the river," produced between Tangier (Africa) and Tarifa (Europe). In this project, Alÿs examines notions of borders, particularly in the context of the relationship between these two locations, and freedom of movement. In the complex video installation that results, a “line of kids with shoe boats will leave Europe towards Morocco while a line of kids with shoe boats leaves Africa towards Spain. The two lines will meet on the horizon.” This emblematic image is used by the artist as a postcard to spread the information on a passage activated between Africa and Europe.

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