ai weiwei: interlacing at fotomuseum winterthur
 
ai weiwei: interlacing at fotomuseum winterthur
may 30, 2011

ai weiwei: interlacing at fotomuseum winterthur

ai weiwei june 1994, 1994 c-print, 117,5 x 152 cm © ai weiwei

ai weiwei: interlacing fotomuseum winterthur,  switzerland on now until august 21st, 2011

ai weiwei is a socially critical artist known for creating friction. working as an activist, architect, blogger, conceptual artist, sculptor, photographer, twitterer, interview arts, and cultural critic, he is an observer of current topics and social problems. in short, a communicator and networker who brings life into art, and art into life.

ai weiwei: interlacing at fotomuseum winterthur ai weiwei ai weiwei. williamsburg, brooklyn, 1983 from new york photographs, 1983-1993 c-print, 29,2 x 20 cm © ai weiwei

blurring the lines between art and social activism, ai weiwei confronts pressing issues in his native country of china, and the world, through photgraphically documenting the architectonic clear-cutting of beijing in the name of progress with provocative measurements of the world, with radical cuts in the past in order to create possibilities for the present and the future through thousands of blog entries, cell phone photographs and artistic declarations.

ai weiwei: interlacing at fotomuseum winterthur ai weiwei 12/21/07, FAKE design, beijing from blog photographs, c. 2005-2009 © ai weiwei

‘interlacing’ at the fotomuseum winerthur is the first large exhibition and book project of ai weiwei’s photography and video, bringing forth the artist’s diversity and complexity, his ability to ‘interlace’ and network. ai weiwei’s plays an important roll. our society needs figures like him to ruffle the feathers of authorities, making us realize or stubborness and to bring attention to issues that are often overlooked or hidden from the public.

ai weiwei: interlacing at fotomuseum winterthur ai weiwei anton wei. lorimer avenue apartment, brooklyn, 1983 from new york photographs, 1983-1993 c-print, 19,6 x 28,4 cm © ai weiwei

on april 3rd, 2011 ai weiwei was detained and taken away by police at beijing international airport and there was no word of his whereabouts for more than a month. finally, on may, 16th, 2011, ai weiwei’s wife was given a 10 minute to visit with him.

‘we are deeply saddened that the completion of this exhibition coincides with ai weiwei’s arrest. we are extremely concerned about the artist. and we wish that this great thinker, designer, and fighter will remain a resistant public voice for all of us – and especially for china.’ – fotomuseum winterhur

ai weiwei: interlacing at fotomuseum winterthur ai weiwei profile of duchamp, sunflower seeds, 1983 from new york photographs, 1983-1993 c-print, 20 x 28,5 cm © ai weiwei

ai weiwei: interlacing at fotomuseum winterthur ai weiwei 6/1/08, wenchuan, china from blog photographs, c. 2005-2009 © ai weiwei

ai weiwei: interlacing at fotomuseum winterthur ai weiwei 6/1/08, wenchuan, china from blog photographs, c. 2005-2009 © ai weiwei

ai weiwei: interlacing at fotomuseum winterthur ai weiwei august 12, 2009 from blog photographs, c. 2005-2009 © ai weiwei

ai weiwei: interlacing at fotomuseum winterthur ai weiwei study of perspective – tiananmen, 1995-2010 c-print, 32,5 x 43,5 cm © ai weiwei

ai weiwei: interlacing at fotomuseum winterthur

ai weiwei study of perspective – the eiffel tower, 1995-2010 c-print, 32,5 x 49,5 cm © ai weiwei

ai weiwei: interlacing at fotomuseum winterthur ai weiwei © ai weiwei

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