“Combined painting with performative action, again merging the poetic with the political”
Alÿs similarly combined painting with performative action, again merging the poetic with the political. The artist meticulously repainted sixty yellow median strips on a road in the former American Panama Canal Zone, the territory joining the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. In this case, Alÿs created a “found” painting in a public space charged with memories of past political conflicts. The gesture of wielding the brush became an act of healing in a traumatized territory.