Ai Weiwei on Humanity

Chicago Humanities Festival

Ai Weiwei on Humanity - In Conversation with Ian Buruma

Ai Weiwei is one of the world's most celebrated artists. Famous for his work across multiple mediums (sculpture, installation, photography, performance, and architecture), he is equally recognized as one of today's most important activists—a role launched by his persecution at the hands of the Chinese government. Ai uses epically-proportioned works of art and endless selfies to call attention—in bold, graphic terms—to attacks on democracy, free speech, human rights abuses, and more recently, the plight of refugees. Ai comes to Chicago (a "sanctuary city") to discuss his work documenting the global refugee crisis as elucidated in his new book Humanity and award-winning documentary Human Flow. New York Review of Books editor Ian Buruma (author of A Tokyo Romance) joins Ai for an unforgettable conversation about the vulnerability of humankind and the role of art in providing a voice and face for the voiceless.

This program was presented live by Chicago Humanities Festival on the Harris Theater stage in April 2018, as part of the annual Richard Gray Visual Art Series which recognizes the contributions of CHF founding board member Richard Gray.

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