Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei Wraps the Columns of Berlin’s Konzerthaus with 14,000 Salvaged Refugee Life Vests

After seeing this article, and the impact of Ai Weiwei’s work, I decided to look further into him and his works.


His installation at the Konzerthaus, Berlin was very addressing. It was made up of a collection of 14,000 life vests from refugees who landed on the Greek Island of Lesbos after battling the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey. By creating this installation, Weiwei has highlighted the extent of the capacity of people travelling over and involved in the crisis.

This piece of work is empowering and thought provoking. The scale of the installation makes the piece unmissable, hence meaning that underlying issue is voiced to many people. I feel that Weiwei successfully works as an artist that exploits issues which may be suppressed by governments due to the extent of the issue.

As I was researching Weiwei’s work, I found that he is currently holding an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. I therefore plan on visiting the Royal Academy, to see the exhibition first hand – and gain a more detailed insight into Weiwei’s work.


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