Today, immigration is one of the most controversial topics, fueled by our President’s policies, as we live in Trump’s America. Nevertheless, contemporary artist and activist, Ai Wei Wei uses it to his advantage in his public art exhibit, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” in New York City, New York.
Ai Wei Wei is known for his controversial art techniques. He’s broken 1,000 year old Chinese artifacts to protest against the system, sending a message to corporations, corruption, and to symbolize the breaking of tradition. Using a physical art form, Wei Wei uses recycled items to craft his vision, making something important for today’s issues, no matter the cost.
Being a critic against the Chinese government, a communist regime, Ai Wei Wei was arrested and tortured in China. His studio was raided due to government concern that he would start a revolution in 2011, after his arrest. Despite his confrontation with the Chinese government, Ai Wei Wei continued to practice art and activism after his release.
In his public art exhibit, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” Wei Wei takes a pro immigration standpoint, to showcase the struggles of refugees who seek nothing but safety. From banners of famous immigrants, made of vinyl records, to “The Arch,” located in Columbus Square, Wei Wei captures the emotion behind what it means to not have a home.
Although his public art exhibit was removed on February 11th, Ai Wei Wei’s work at The Guggenheim and Brooklyn Museum in New York are on display to the public.
Here is a link to “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors…”