See: Artist Ai Weiwei / by Sukari Keetin

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural. As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government's stance on democracy and human rights. I studied his work in college and still remember when he was arrested and held by the Chinese Government for a period of time without being charged. His work is intense and resonates so closely to our political atmosphere today.

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 Terry Adkins, Prototype Monument for Center Square, City Hall Philadelphia, 2015; Reclaimed and new wood, hardware, paint. (Photograph by Steve Weinik/Monument Lab)

Terry Adkins, Prototype Monument for Center Square, City Hall Philadelphia, 2015; Reclaimed and new wood, hardware, paint. (Photograph by Steve Weinik/Monument Lab)

World-renowned artist Ai Weiwei, known as much for his clashes with the Chinese government as his artwork, will be coming to Philadelphia as part of Monument Lab.

Monument Lab is a Mural Arts project in which artists will create 10 pop-up art installations in Philadelphia’s parks this fall. Monument Lab will “engage diverse artists to explore Philadelphia’s identity through temporary public art projects, a bold update to monument-making aligned to the needs and opportunities of the present day. Through the process it will foster connection, shared understanding, and in some cases healing, through robust public engagement and programs.”

The exhibitions will take place September 16th through November 19th.

While the contents of Weiwei’s project have not yet been disclosed, here is a full list of participating artists below:

  • Ai Weiwei, Berlin/Beijing
  • Tania Bruguera, Havana/New York City/Cambridge
  • Mel Chin, Egypt, North Carolina
  • Kara Crombie, Philadelphia
  • Tyree Guyton, Detroit
  • Hans Haacke, New York City
  • David Hartt, Philadelphia
  • Sharon Hayes, Philadelphia
  • King Britt and Joshua Mays, Philadelphia and Oakland
  • Klip Collective, Philadelphia
  • Duane Linklater, North Bay, Ontario
  • Emeka Ogboh, Lagos/Berlin
  • Karyn Olivier, Philadelphia
  • Michelle Angela Ortiz, Philadelphia
  • Kaitlin Pomerantz, Philadelphia
  • RAIR featuring Abigail DeVille, Philadelphia and New York City
  • Alexander Rosenberg, Philadelphia
  • Jamel Shabazz, New York City
  • Zoe Strauss, Philadelphia
  • Hank Willis Thomas, New York City
  • Shira Walinsky and Southeast by Southeast, Philadelphia
  • Marisa Williamson, New York City

 

For more information: www.muralarts.org/artworks/monumentlab