Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
In his series of slides of stray dogs and homeless street dwellers, Alÿs keeps literally to this ground-level perspective, avoiding sharp angles and voyeuristic close-ups. With this formal show of respect he prevents the portraits from becoming patronising demonstrations of pity. Taking a nap in doorways, on benches or on the sunlit pavement, the protagonists become strangely noble, sleeping the sleep of the just. For a brief moment the equation of dogs with humans seems like an antidote to the trope of humans being treated like dogs.
Jörg Heiser on the work of Francis Alÿs, ‘Walk on the wild side’, Issue 69, September 2002
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