'm Not Here. An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs

17 Apr - 06 Jun 2010


de Appel Curatorial Programme 2009/2010

17th April – 6th June 2010
Opening: 16th April, 6 – 10 p.m.

I’m Not Here. An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs is an exhibition that brings together a group of 14 international artists. The title of the exhibition is inspired by the film of Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There (2007), in which six actors depict different facets of Bob Dylan's life and his artistic persona while Dylan himself is absent from the film. Francis Alÿs is the absent protagonist of the exhibition. The atmosphere of Alÿs’s work is implicitly present without suggesting literal illustration of his oeuvre or specific aspects of his practice. By shifting the spotlight from a well-established artist to a group of related artistic practices, the exhibition not only redistributes agency to all of the participating artists, but also engenders a critical interrogation of the format of the solo show. We invite the audience to think about Alÿs by thinking about the artists in the exhibition and thus to challenge the privileging of presence over absence.
Participating Artists:
Mounira Al Solh (LB/NL), Stefan Brüggemann (MX/UK), Vaast Colson (BE), Luisa Cunha (PT), Grier Edmundson (US), Noa Giniger (IL/NL), André Guedes (PT), Tatiana Mesa (CU), Gustav Metzger (UK), Roman Ondák (SK), Pak Sheung Chuen (HK/CN), Wilfredo Prieto (CU/ES), Ariel Schlesinger (IL/DE), David Sherry (UK)

Opening Hours:
11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday

– David Sherry, at the opening & 17 April, 12 – 3 p.m., in the neighbourhood of the

Boys’ School;
– André Guedes, occurs throughout the exhibition;
– Tatiana Mesa, 17th Nov, 5 p.m. 2010 in La Habana, Cuba & Miami, United States

Magazine Reading:
Mounira Al Solh: 20th, 21st April & 4th, 5th May, 12 – 5 p.m. (Reservation by email:

Guided Tours:
all 3 p.m., 17th April in English, 24th April in Dutch, 1st May in Portuguese, 8th May in Hebrew, 15th May in Spanish, 22nd May in Chinese.

Sunday School:
6th June (close reading of one art work by an expert)
Venue: de Appel Boys' School, Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 59, 1072 BD Amsterdam

Curated by:
Nikita, Yingqian Cai (CN), Alhena Katsof (CAN), Direlia Lazo (CU), Yael Messer (IL), Alan Quireyns (BE),Luis Silva (PT)

A catalogue will be available in the exhibition space or can be ordered via from 16th April onwards

Tags: Francis Alÿs, Stefan Brüggemann, Pak Sheung Chuen, Vaast Colson, Bob Dylan, Grier Edmundson, André Guedes, Alhena Katsof, Gustav Metzger, Roman Ondák, Wilfredo Prieto, Ariel Schlesinger, Mounira Al Solh