Francis Alÿs, Children’s Game #29: La roue (Video still), Lubumbashi, DR Congo, 2021 / In collaboration with Rafael Ortega, Julien Devaux, and Félix Blume, © & Courtesy Francis Alÿs
Francis Alÿs: Ricochets
Jun 27 – Sep 1, 2024
Barbican Centre
London, UK

A new immersive exhibition celebrating the universality and ingenuity of play: Ricochets is the largest institutional show in the UK by internationally renowned artist Francis Alÿs in almost 15 years. For the past two decades, Alÿs has travelled around the world to film the critically acclaimed series Children’s Games: from ‘musical chairs’ in Mexico, to ‘leapfrog’ in Iraq, ‘jump rope’ in Hong Kong, and ‘wolf and lamb’ in Afghanistan.

Ricochets transforms our gallery into a cinematic playground: throughout the exhibition, visitors will be immersed in multi-screen film installations focussing on children’s games. Since 1999, Alÿs has recorded children at play in different contexts and environments around the globe. Alongside the first presentation of Children’s Games in the UK, the exhibition debuts a new body of animated films depicting both traditional and lesser-known hand games played by children and adults alike.

Francis Alys: Ricochets
Jun 27 – Sep 1, 2024
Barbican Centre
London, UK

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