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Ai Weiwei prints out half a decade of tweets

Ai Weiwei prints out half a decade of tweets

'An Archive'

Celebrated Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei unveils his latest project at the 'Go East: The Gene and Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection' exhibition in Sydney. Revealing reams of delicately printed personal tweets…

Ai Weiwei is a pioneering artist and we at Buro 24/7 Middle East always look forward to news of his latest projects. The famously censored artist has struggled with restrictions imposed by his native Chinese government, which include having his passport indefinitely revoked. He was also banned from Chinese Twitter, Sina Weibo, in 2013, which has lead to his latest project – An Archive.

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"An Archive relates to my writings on the Internet, focusing on my writings on Twitter between 2009 and 2013. Twitter is a very interesting medium. It is not one that records the past, but one that forms in the present condition, with real connections to the future. It is so intimate but, at the same time, so broadly connects us to others. Humans have never had this in our history." Said the artist of this artistic form of expression. 

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The reams of tweets have been printed on rice paper, in a collaboration between traditional and modern art forms. Each tweet has its own page and is represented in Mandarin, though Ai Weiwei asserts that the meaning is entirely universal. 

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An Archive will form part of the Go East: The Gene and Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection, exhibition at Sydney's Art Gallery of NSW.