Introduction. When Faith Moves Mountains or Cuando la fe mueve montañas was created by artist Francis Alÿs to explain the paradox of life;. Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception at Tate Modern 15 June to 5 September room guide room 8, When Faith Moves Mountains. In the performance When Faith Moves Mountains, Francis Alÿs tries to achieve the impossible with eight hundred Peruvian volunteers: to move a mountain

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And in my reading this shared faith is the utopian potentiality here. Support Public Delivery We are a non-profit dedicated to changing the status quo of the art world. It is hot, the sand is making dust, it is difficult to see and breath.

Most visited arts non-profit online. The volunteers armed with shovels and all dressed in similar-looking shirts formed a line at the bottom of a large foot m sand dune. What became interesting, was everything else it made visible: Nothing has visibly changed.

When Faith Moves Mountains

A Story of Deception May 8 — August 1 Moment by moment, the shoveling becomes harder and harder. The twentieth century history of Buenos Aires can be read through its public spaces. Demonstrating a ridiculous disproportion between an effort and its effect, the work is a metaphor for Latin American society, in which minimal reforms are achieved through massive collective efforts. In the setting, alongside a sand dune, there were hundreds of volunteers, mainly students from local universities, camera crew, mountain cars, buses and a helicopter, toilets and other equipment.

For access to motion picture movees stills please contact the Film Study Center. Want inspiration in your inbox? The truth is, that the people who took part felt totally involved. The title of the artwork When Faith moves mountains alludes to an ancient myth, announcing and starting off a fable-resembling narrative and its morale.


There is only a tiny transition or displacement of a mountain, which soon will vanish. Antropologist Mary Douglas has written about how the notions of the sacred and the profane are separated as oppositional stands.

After the shoveling, the mounting still looks the same. We work with recognized artists, art spaces and organizations, but also visit remote places and work with communities who are often overlooked, trying to establish balance within the global conversation about creativity.

Forms of resilience Ecologies of resilience: But will live on for who knows how long. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders.

The outskirts of Lima is a part of the city structure that has never been planned, developed or rationalized by the actions of city planning.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma. A Story of DeceptionMay 8—August 1, Mircea Wlys has stated that when a myth is being told, it becomes a steadfast truth. Still, utopia in this sense is a process: And the fact that it took such a huge dimension means that it will generate one story after another.

Understanding the shoveling only as useless and immaterial, is according to Mircea Eliade a projection of the profanation process, in which the notion of work does not carry any other functions than productivity. The community of the artwork was based on porous temporality. That way a memory will be built up of an event that only lasted a day.

The land was unfruitful and it will remain unfruitful. As a purely formal experience, Abstract Expressionism failed to recuperate Western culture during its revolutionary moments of potential in the vulnerable, cathartic moments faih World War II. It is a fiction that rises from the reality: Established in in Seoul, South Korea. It only requires a structure, potentiality and hope or faith like in this case.


In this manner, it questions the routines and similitude of everyday life. Why did Ai Weiwei break this million-dollar vase? The action of moving the sand dune was transitory and no one could recognize that the sand had been moved from its original position the next day.

Francis Alÿs. A story of Deception: room guide, When Faith Moves Mountains | Tate

Can faith move a whole mountain? One of the other objectives of this piece was to incite the multiple subjects included in the project to become storytellers with the aim of creating one mokntains event which would in the future help to strengthen the Lima community and prove to them that frnacis can indeed move mountains.

Currently she is also undertaking her doctoral research in everyday utopias of participatory art in the Finnish Doctoral Programme in Art History University of Helsinki, Helsinki.

The video documenting the project begins at the moment when the artist is looking for a suitable mountain to move. Even though utopia is a non-existing place, it can be imagined — visited in dreams and thoughts.

And the story will be passed on like an oral tradition.