Solo exhibition Ai Weiwei: #SafePassage

This autumn, Amsterdam's Foam presents a large solo exhibition by the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei (1957, China).

16 September 2016 to 7 December 2016

Tyre, 2016, marble © Ai Weiwei, Ai Weiwei Studio

This autumn, Foam presents #SafePassage, an exhibition by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957, Beijing). Having left a life of constant government surveillance, the artist feels a personal affinity with the growing influx of refugees attempting to enter the EU. Since his first visit to the Greek island of Lesbos in December 2015, he and his team have travelled to refugee camps all around the Mediterranean, including those in Syria, Turkey, Italy, Israel and France.

The exhibition deals with the struggle between the individual and the systemic structures that dominate society. It will highlight both the experiences that prompted Ai Weiwei to leave his homeland and the experiences of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants; people who continue to risk their lives to reach Europe, often to find their path barred by arduous asylum procedures and xenophobia.

OPENING: The exhibition will be opened on Thursday 15 September, from 5.30pm onwards, in the presence of the artist.

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