Francis Alÿs is the pseudonym of the Belgian artist Francis De Smedt, who has lived and worked in Mexico City since 1989. His work is situated in the grey area between art and social practice, and is not limited to a single medium. Alÿs is predominantly known for his performance-like actions, in which walking and in transit play a prominent role. His 'walks' often have a socio-societal and political undertone.
year and place of birth: 1959, Antwerp, Belgium
whereabouts: Mexico-City, Mexico