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THE GREEN LINE- SOMETIMES DOING SOMETHING POETIC CAN BECOME POLITICAL AND SOMETIMES DOING SOMETHING POLITICAL CAN BECOME POETIC, 2005
Video projection, hard drive, touch screen, DVD, 5 mdf tables, framed map, works on paper, photo collages, 1 painting, 50 wood gun sculptures
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In "The Leak" (1995), Alÿs walked the streets of São Paulo holding a punctured paint can that left a thin wobbly line of blue paint behind him as he passed. That work was a simple gesture, a way of converting the act of walking into something physical, more lasting than the walk itself. When Alÿs revisited this work in 2004, it was for a very different context. This time he walked the so-called Green Line, the pre-1967border between East and West Jerusalem. And he used green paint, thus literalizing not merely the fact of his passage but also the idea of the Green Line itself, originally so named because in 1948 Moshe Dayan used a green pencil to draw the border on a map of Jerusalem.

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