“What I can’t tell with a photo I will tell with a painting, and what I can’t tell with a painting I will tell with a video or text…”

While in Havana, MD, NM, TN and I had the opportunity to attend an art opening at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The exhibit showcased the art of Francis Alÿs, a Belgian-born, Mexico-based artist who also works in Afghanistan. His work includes a variety of media crossing many subjects: painting, photography, sketching, video, and others. He was embedded with British units during military exercises in Afghanistan but has also done work in other places, including bridging the literal and figurative gaps between Europe and Africa and between Cuba and the United States.

One of the most compelling aspects of the exhibition was his film, Reel-Unreel about film reels in Afghanistan. It highlights the daily lives of kids in Kabul.

The pictures in this post are all from his exhibit or of the magnificent museum.

Title quote: Francis Alÿs


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