@Large: Ai WeiWei

by Avant C

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We are fans of artist Ai WeiWei, so we were excited to see his exhibition on Alcatraz. The weather that day was sunny, bright, and warm which was a contrast to the island that was famously a prison. There are seven works thoughtfully exhibited throughout different areas of the penitentiary, ranging from sculpture, sound, and mixed media, including legos. He is a “rebel” in China for his views and was even imprisoned for them, so it was only fitting that the exhibition explores human rights and freedom of expression. He is forbidden to travel outside of China, so he has never seat foot onto Alcatraz, which makes his message all the more poignant that freedom of expression can’t be imprisoned.