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Ai Weiwei — prison is a state of mind

Ai Weiwei (b. 1957), "With Wind", 2014, bamboo and silk, around   240 x 5000 cm. New Industries Building in Alcatraz, California.
Ai Weiwei (b. 1957), “With Wind”, 2014, bamboo and silk, around  240 x 5000 cm. New Industries Building in Alcatraz, California.© Studio Ai Weiwei

I was just looking at a google feature I didn’t know existed until now, Google Art and Culture. When I saw Ai Weiwei’s name I immediately had to check it out. The photo was taken at Alcatraz, the island prison off of the coast of CA. If you click on the title, it will take you to an excellent article about Weiwei’s art. If you want to see a slide show of the exhibit, click here.

The misconception of totalitarianism is
that freedom can be imprisoned.
This is not the case.
When you constrain freedom,
freedom will take flight
and land on a windowsill.
— Ai Weiwei

18 thoughts on “Ai Weiwei — prison is a state of mind

    1. Yes it is. I read it earlier today and was amazed. I like the way it felt like you were taking the tour with the slideshow. Ai Weiwei is a powerful political artist. He really gets people to thinking and feeling.

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          1. There were 3 who tried and they were never found. It’s specualtion if they really did get away or drowned.
            Whew that is a long way to swim. I can’t imagine it.

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        1. I’m not suffering as much as social butterflies are, but I’m not immune from feeling restrained, mostly when it comes to seeing my kids. Those who ignore the restrictions are threatening their own and others’ lives 😦

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