REEL - UNREEL Kabul, Afghanistan 2011 In Zusammenarbeit mit Julien Devaux und Ajmal Maiwandi 20:00 Min.
Francis Alÿs * 1959 Antwerpen, Belgien. Lebt in Mexiko-Stadt, Mexiko.
Produced in Afghanistan for dOCUMENTA (13), Alÿs' film REEL - UNREEL (2011) derives from his interest in children's street games, such as the art of rolling a wheel with a stick, which he witnessed in Bamiyan and Kabul. The title alludes to the real/unreal image of Afghanistan conveyed by the media in the West: how the Afghan way of life, along with ist people, has gradually been dehumanized and after decades of war, turned into a Western fiction. Yet "real" turns into "reel" since the object beeing rolled around the undulating streets of Kabul's old town is a reel of film. (Aus dem Begleitbuch der Documenta 13)