Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

B. 1957, Beijing, China
Lives and works in Beijing

Ai Weiwei is an outspoken artist and human rights activist. In April 2011, Ai was arrested by Chinese authorities and held incommunicado for three months. Upon his release, he was prohibited from traveling abroad, engaging in public speech, and continues to be subjected to government surveillance. Because Ai is prohibited from leaving China, he was unable to travel to Venice for his collateral exhibition. Spread across two venues, Zuecca Project Space exhibited Ai’s project Straight (2008-13)—for which he gathered steel reinforcing bars from schools that collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake—and the Church of Sant’Antonin exhibited his newer installation S.A.C.R.E.D. (2013), large-scale dioramas based on his experience in a Chinese prison. Ai is also featured in Season 6 of Art21’s Art in the Twenty-First Century series.



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