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An Exclusive Look Inside Ai Weiwei’s New Show

The Chinese artist is opening an exhibition of his photography, which ranges from politically-charged series to personal selfies

  • TextTed Stansfield

Ai Weiwei is undoubtedly one of the most outspoken – and at times divisive – artists working today. Never one to shy away from current socio-political issues, the past few years have seen him create several works in response to the Syrian refugee crisis – he assembled a 70-metre-long inflatable boat with 258 huge refugee figures at the National Gallery in Prague; covered Vienna’s Belvedere Palace with 1,005 floating life jackets from the Greek island of Lesbos, and controversially re-enacted the 2015 photo of Alan Kurdi, a drowned Syrian toddler.

Now, the Chinese artist is opening an exhibition of his photography from the 90s to the present day at FOMU – Fotomuseum Antwerp in Belgium. Opening October 27, the show will feature his politically-charged Study of Perspective series in addition to selfies he’s taken and posted on social media. Head to the gallery below to see an exclusive preview of this exhibition. 

Ai Weiwei – Mirror is at FOMU – Fotomuseum Antwerp from October 27, 2017–February 18, 2018.