A landmark exhibition of works by the internationally known Chinese visual artist and political activist Ai Weiwei is currently taking place in Antwerp. “Mirror” explores Weiwei’s photography, including selfies, in a solo-exhibition at FOMU – Foto Museum. This significant exhibition runs until mid-February 2018.
His impressive body of work, largely seen as a radical, and a visual critique of human rights violations, abuse of power, and overt state control of the Chinese government, has already made him into one of the world’s most important contemporary artists. Even though primarily characterized as Chinese dissident, critical of the country’s highly oppressive regime, his works assume a larger meaning, as a beacon and defense of universal values of free speech, and freedom of expression. Weiwei’s photography plays a pivotal role in his body of work. The exhibition at FOMU includes both seminal political statements such as “Study of Perspectives” covering a period of 2005-2011 and his daily stream of selfies and snap shots on social media, in which he had mirrored the madness behind oppression.
Weiwei recorded on social media the years he had to spend under constant surveillance by the Chinese Government, all of which is made into art and showcased in the exhibition. His major concerns include the alarming rise of worldwide refugee population and their critical condition, and other pressing social and political issues also find an expression in his art. Weiwei has a strong reputation for standing against authority, to denounce every day abuses and to expose unbalanced power equations, all the way, employing his grand poetic gestures and great sense of irony. Curated by the artist himself, the exhibition projects a thought-provoking overview of Weiwei’s photographic oeuvre covering a period of early 1990’s to the present.
The exhibition is on view through February 18 at FOMU- Foto Museum, Antwerp
For details, visit: www.fotomuseum.be
Click on the slide show for a sneak peak at the exhibition.