The Green Line

Jerusalem 2004

In collaboration with Philippe Bellaiche, Rachel Leah Jones, and Julien Devaux.
©©Francis Alÿs.

Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic.

In the summer of 1995 I performed a walk with a leaking can of blue paint in the city of São Paulo.The walk was then read as a poetic gesture of sorts. In June 2004, I re-enacted that same performance with a leaking can of green paint by tracing a line following the portion of the ‘Green Line’ that runs through the municipality of Jerusalem. 58 liters of green paint were used to trace 24 km. Shortly after, a filmed documentation of the walk was presented to a number of people whom I invited to react spontaneously to the action and the circumstances within which it was performed.

Click on name to see the video and the interview.

Rima Hamami
Jerusalem – AnthropologistAlbert Agazarian
Jerusalem – HistorianYael Dayan
Tel Aviv – Member of Knesset

Jean Fisher
London – Art Historian

Ruben Aberjil
Jerusalem – Activist

Amira Hass
Ramallah – Journalist

Nazmi Jobeh
Jerusalem – Architect

Eyal Sivan
Tel Aviv and Paris – Filmmaker

Yael Lerer
Tel Aviv – Publisher

Eyal Weizman
Tel Aviv and London – Architect

Michel Warschawski
Jerusalem – Activist

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