Image: © Félix Blume, 2015
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.