10. Re-Enactment by Francis Alÿs, 2001
Though Francis Alÿs' best-known work is undoubtedly When Faith Moves Mountains, his Re-Enactment piece seems to carry more personal risk as well heavier social critique. The Belgium-born Alÿs walked into a Mexico City gun shop in 2001 and legally bought a Beretta. He then left the shop and began walking the streets with the firearm very visibly displayed. After 11 minutes of wandering around, whistling, Alÿs was stopped and arrested. The very next day, the artist convinced the police to recreate the series of events. Both the original and the Re-Enactment were filmed and are shown side-by-side.