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A look at Ai Weiwei's exhibition @Large on Alcatraz

A look at Ai Weiwei's exhibition @Large on Alcatraz

Prison break


Image: Jan Stürmann

The Beijing-based artist and activist unveils his latest exhibition at Alcatraz, the famous former federal penitentiary in San Francisco, showcasing the values he stands for and the challenges he faces everyday

Respected worldwide for his artwork and activism, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been a fighter on the forefront of freedom and human rights for many years now, channeling his thoughts with his newest exhibition on display at the famous former prison Alcatraz.

The exhibition @Large features new works created specifically for Alcatraz, as Ai responds to the island's rich history as a 19th-century military fortress, a federal penitentiary, a site of Native American heritage and protest, and now one of America's most popular national parks.

Revealing new perspectives on the compound Alcatraz, the exhibition asks questions about freedom of expression and human rights which aims to resonate within each person. There are seven different installations within the exhibition, With Wind, Trace, Refraction, Stay Tuned, Illumination, Blossom and Yours Truly.

Each showcased in different areas of Alcatraz, Ai captures the hypocrisy, injustice, and tragedy that imprisonment often entails. Stand out installations include Trace, a huge floor installation featuring portraits of political prisoners from around the world uniquely constructed with Lego bricks, and Yours Truly, Ai's final piece of the show that provides visitors a chance to write to a postcard to a political prisoner. 

With its truly moving and inspiring setting @Large represents one artist's voice, hopes and personal experience of persecution, giving visitors a thought provoking experience that they won't forget. 


@Large: Ai Weiwei will be running until April 26, 2015 at Alcatraz Island

 

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