We use cookies to track usage and preferences. See Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
US
Pocketmags Digital Magazines

Ai Weiwei

PARTING SHOT

Illustration by ALEX FINE

“GOOD ART ALWAYS HAS A SENSE OF ACTIVISM,” SAYS CHINESE DISSIDENT Ai Weiwei. After being confined for 81 days in 2011 for protesting his country’s human rights abuses, his passport was seized for four years. When he got it back, he left China. Ai may be the world’s best-known contemporary artist, but he has been “homeless” since then, and that helped spark his latest activist works: the documentary Human Flow, on the global refugee crisis, and a group of monumental public structures called Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, in New York City. Fences addresses the rise of nationalism and the closing of borders—and hearts—to refugees and immigrants; Human Flow illustrates Ai’s fundamental belief that humans need to protect one another: “Anyone who is being hurt anywhere in this world, we are all being hurt. We’re all vulnerable.” In early October, the artist visited New York to promote Human Flow. It was just after outraged animal rights activists pressured the Guggenheim Museum to pull three pieces (including an installation with live lizards and insects) from its “Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World” show. Ai talked to Newsweek about that, and how history might treat a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

READ MORE
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Newsweek International - 27 October 2017
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - 27 October 2017
$4.99
Or 499 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 0.67 per issue
SAVE
87%
$33.99
Or 3399 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only $ 0.94 per issue
SAVE
80%
$3.99
Or 399 points

View Issues

About Newsweek International

The Last Kingpin - Capturing El Chapo was supposed to hobble the cartels waging the bloody drug war. Why are the bodies still piling up?
Ways to Pay Pocketmags Payment Types
At Pocketmags you get Secure Billing Great Offers HTML Reader Gifting options Loyalty Points