Cuentos Patrióticos (1997), Francis Alÿs

I am writing about Mexico City artist Francis Alÿs’ 1997 performance Cuentos Patrióticos as part of my contribution for the edited collection Protest Camping and Social Movements: an international perspective (a follow up to Protest Camps, this collection edited by Gavin Brown, Anna Feigenbaum, Fabian Frenzel, and Patrick McCurdy).

Cuentos Patrióticos clearly acknowledges the symbolic importance of the Zócalo, its existence as a place in which to perform either Mexican identity or dissent vis-à-vis what is acceptable as such. For me (see e.g., this brief article), Alÿs’ performance is also legible as a story (a cuento) of the insistent return to state repression and attendant demand for heroism according to which many contemporary activists make sense of post-1968 politics in Mexico City. The more complete video is available here.

About nicholasjoncrane

Associate Professor of Geography and International Studies at the University of Wyoming
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