‘Trace’ Ai Weiwei@Large
Ai Weiwei stands as an artist of exceptional personal integrity whose story is an extraordinary one to say the least.
I’ve admired his work and practice since I first saw some installation shots in 1999.
This year sees him installing works in the notorious Alcatraz prison as part of the @Large exhibition organized by For-Site. His installation ‘Trace’ consists of 176 portraits of political exiles and prisoners of conscience put together using a staggering 1.2 million Lego pieces. Out of the things that so many children have used to build and manipulate imaginative scenarios and environments Ai Weiwei constructs a tableau that serves to remind us of those who have either been imprisoned or exiled for actively resisting or exposing the wiles of oppressive regimes.
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