When I came back from Spain last week I was met with a house full of boxes from N.Y... so instead of having time to blog I have spent time trying to make space for living.
One of these boxes contained one of our most valuable possessions; a limited edition "Box-set" of Ai Weiwei photographies that was given us last year. 147 photos from the building of the Foster & Partners Bejing Airport.
Documented photos from the "Becoming" of Bejing airport where his destiny was to be detained a few years later. 3rd of April 2011.
It has been over three weeks now since Ai Weiwei disappeared and the whole Art World is longing for his return. There has been great demonstrations all over the world, the latest one in Hong Kong with the slogan "Who is afraid of Ai Weiwei?" Yes, who? What makes an Artist be such a symbol of fright for the Chinese Government. Why did they pick him as a symbol to frighten others?
Ai Weiwei's favorite slogan is:
"To live your life"
Why is he not allowed?
Maybe, because he strikes a cord with us all, maybe because he represents the people in such an intense and truthful way?
Here are pictures from the Box-set of the building of Bejing Airport. It will give you a sense of his composition and of how he makes the common turn into something incredibly beautiful. Like with his Sunflower seeds he makes the small become powerful, and that is what he is doing for the Chinese people. The many and what the many does still counts, you are important!!!
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Ai Wei Wei "Becoming" (Ivorypress & Timezone)
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