Artist and activist Ai Weiwei was arrested on April 3rd in Beijing on charges of “economic crimes.” Curator Steven Holmes to reenact Ai Weiwei’s project Fairytale: 1001 Qing Dynasty Wooden Chairs—an installation which was comprised of 1001 late Ming and Qing Dynasty wooden chairs at Documenta 12 in 2007 in Kassel, Germany—in front of Chinese embassies and consulates around the world. Supporters are invited to participate by bringing a chair and gathering outside Chinese embassies and consulates to sit peacefully in support of the artist’s immediate release. The performance calls for his immediate release, supporting the right of artists to speak and work freely in China and around the world.
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