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@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

Art | October 2, 2014 |

Ai WeiweiAi Weiwei, Stay Tuned, 2014

@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is internationally renowned for work that defies the distinction between art and activism. In this exhibition of new works created specifically for Alcatraz, Ai responds to the island’s layered legacy as a 19th-century military fortress, a notorious federal penitentiary, a site of Native American heritage and protest, and now one of America’s most visited national parks. Revealing new perspectives on Alcatraz, the exhibition raises questions about freedom of expression and human rights that resonate far beyond this particular place.

Ai WeiweiAi Weiwei, Blossom, 2014

Ai’s sculpture, sound and mixed-media installations occupy four locations in the former prison: the New Industries Building; a group of cells in A Block; the Hospital; and the Dining Hall. @Large turns Alcatraz into a space for dialogue about how we define liberty and justice, individual rights and personal responsibility. The artworks directly and imaginatively address the situation of people around the world who have been deprived of their freedom for speaking out about their beliefs – people like Ai himself.

Ai WeiweiAi Weiwei, Yours Truly, 2014

A vocal critic of his nation’s government, Ai was secretly detained by Chinese authorities for 81 days in 2011, and is still not permitted to travel outside China. As a result, the artist was unable to visit Alcatraz during the planning of this exhibition; he developed the artwork at his studio in Beijing, with the help of the FOR-SITE Foundation. But constraints have only galvanized the artist’s commitment to art as an act of conscience. With this project, he aims to expand our understanding of “the purpose of art, which is the fight for freedom.”

more. www.for-site.org | www.parksconservancy.org

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