This fall, Ai is opening three consecutive shows in Los Angeles: "Life Cycle," a presentation highlighting three extensive scale establishments, including a vaporous bamboo model of a pontoon swarmed with figures, at the Marciano Art Foundation (September 28 – March 3, 2019); an establishment of rescued stools and Lego-based representations at Jeffrey Deitch's new display (September 29 – January 5, 2019); and a marble, grass-designed figure at UTA Artist Space (from October 4). Together, the shows are the most broad presentation of Ai's works Los Angeles has ever seen.Courtesy the craftsman and Marciano Art Foundation/Photo by Joshua White/JWPictures.com Courtesy the craftsman and Marciano Art Foundation/Photo by Joshua White/JWPictures.com
From wonderful models and creative establishments to full length documentaries and hard-metal music recordings, Ai is talented at navigating mediums and topic — regularly hovering back to subjects of movement in his specialty, as in the main work of "Life Cycle." "The exile emergency is so huge thus genuine," he clarified. "I don't think I have one demonstrate that can totally adapt to that." This late spring, Ai trekked crosswise over Bangladesh with his 9-year old child to shoulder observer to the Rohingya displaced person emergency and to lead look into for his next film. (In 2017, Ai discharged Human Flow, a narrative about the worldwide evacuee emergency that follows how political brutality and natural debasement has constrained in excess of 65 million individuals from their homes.)
Ai himself recognizes what it is to be uprooted. In 2011, he was confined in China for 81 days on charges of tax avoidance. After his discharge, the legislature held his international ID for a long time — postponed, no uncertainty, by his prominent status and his savage and steady feedback of the Chinese government. Germany allowed him haven in 2015, and Ai currently lives in Berlin with his accomplice, the producer Wang Fen, and their child. When he cleared out China, he stated, "a high official let me know, 'Ai Weiwei, next time you're here, we're not going to let you out.' I don't know whether that is a notice or a threat."
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His second studio, in East Berlin, sits on the edge of Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg, and acts, as per Ai, "particularly like a port. Everything is taken care of." He stated, "I feel so odd when I go to lodgings or meet with trustees and there is fine art all over, on the grounds that there is anything but a solitary work of art in my house."Courtesy the craftsman and Marciano Art Foundation/Photo by Joshua White/JWPictures.com
"I question my status as a craftsman," he says, "as I do as such numerous different things now." Ultimately, he says, "craftsmen can be activists" too.