Blog Post 3: Ai WeiWei and the Syrian Refugee Crisis


Chinese artist Ai WeiWei has used art as a political protest platform for years. After being detained in China for political protest he moved to Berlin where many of the refugees from the recent Syrian crisis are fleeing to. Ai WeiWei, in protest of reluctance to let these refugees into Europe, he as covered one of his existing sculptures of Chinese zodiac signs in the now, iconic gold thermal blankets used by refugees entering a new country.

He has used blankets and other materials like life jackets as symbols of solidarity with refugees in need of shelter. He has even encouraged people to participate in this stand for solidarity by organizing marches and asking celebrities and attendees of charity events to wear these blankets.


Artists Ai Wei Wei and Anish Kapoor (R) carry blankets to symbolize the plight of refugees,  as they walk through central London


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