Addressing global issues through art
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‘The refugee crisis isn’t about refugees. It’s about us’, Ai Weiwei (the Guardian, 2 Feb. 2018)What do you think?Political art is not a new phenomenon, in the 1930s, Picasso drew attention on the atrocities of the Spanish civil war through his painting on the Massacre of Guernica. Do you think there is something radically new today in the way artists can express themselves across borders?“In 1958, my family was forced from our home in Beijing and banished to the most remote area of the country – we had no idea that this was the beginning of a very dark, long journey that would last for two decades. (…) I share this personal background because it sheds light on my emotional connection to the current global refugee condition, which I documented in the film Human Flow. My experience clarifies why I identify so deeply with all these unfortunate people who are pushed into extreme conditions by outside forces they are powerless to resist.”
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