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Ai Weiwei on art, activism and visiting Anderson Ranch

by Alexandra_Munroe on July 14, 2018

originally published: The Aspen Times
Andrew Travers  

When his passport was returned after years of arrests, detentions, harassment and surveillance in China, the first places Ai Weiwei went were at the chaotic crossroads of the global refugee crisis.

The artist and activist has spent the last several years with migrants, trying to tell their stories and to mobilize the world to help them. Ai believes in art’s ability to shape the world and change the tide of history.

“If art can change how man sees his relationship with society, then it does change society,” the Chinese dissident said in a recent email interview.

This week, Ai will speak in Aspen and Snowmass Village about his work as an artist, filmmaker and refugee advocate as Anderson Ranch honors him with its International Artist Award.

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