Francis Alÿs, working on location on the Turkish/Armenian border for the making of his film 'The Silence of Ani'.

Image: © Félix Blume, 2015

Cast, Helston

Francis Alÿs | in conversation

Sunday 10 June, 6pm

Free admission, no booking required
CAST Café will offer something hot and something sweet from £7 after the event. Café reservations are not required.

Francis Alÿs will visit Helston to talk about his work on the opening weekend of an exhibition of his work for Groundwork. Alÿs’ film The Silence of Ani (2015) is presented in a specially constructed projection space at CAST from 8 June to 8 July.

Francis Alÿs, whose work has been exhibited in the world’s leading art museums including Tate Modern and MoMA, New York, visits Cornwall for the first time. This will be the first UK presentation of The Silence of Ani, which was commissioned for the Istanbul Biennial. It was shot on location around the ruined ancient Armenian city of Ani, near the border with Turkey. Known as the ‘city of 1,001 churches’, Ani was once a rich metropolis, but the city had fallen into steep decline during the 13th century and by the 17th century was completely abandoned. The Silence of Ani captures the quiet of a ruined city, broken only by birdsong.

Following his visit to Helston, Alÿs will travel to Liverpool, where his work will headline in the Liverpool Biennial, and to the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, where his one person exhibition Knots’n Dust opens on 20 June.

Francis Alÿs

Francis Alÿs originally trained as an architect in Belgium, where he was born. He became an artist after moving to Mexico City in the mid-1980s and being confronted by the social unrest and inequalities of his adopted country. His projects include public actions, installations, video, paintings and drawings and he often starts with a simple action, either by himself or others, that can be documented in a number of ways. More

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