MX, 2019 / 61 min.
The children of this mountain village near Mosul re-enact a century of Iraqi history, from the secret agreement of Sykes/Picot signed in 1916 to the realm of terror established by Islamic State in 2016. To make the children understand their present by revisiting their past, Alÿs invites them to perform a role play, evoking a whole world with the most modest props. It has the simplicity of puppet theatre, and is very close to the artist's ongoing project 'Children's Games', a project that is exhibited at Eye Filmmuseum in the period of the festival.
In collaboration with the Iraq-based Ruya Foundation and Julien Devaux.
This winter, Eye Filmmuseum is presenting a major exhibition of work by the Belgian-Mexican artist Francis Alÿs. Alÿs is primarily known for his playful videos that are both engaged and poetic. These imaginative and rich observations of daily life are set in sometimes politically-charged moments and places. A big spatial installation at Eye provides the setting for his impressive series Children’s Games.