Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

New charity project meant to benefit the most vulnerable countries

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Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei
01/06/2020 - In addition to being a global health emergency, the Covid-19 pandemic also also becoming the cause of a grave humanitarian crisis in many poor countries. With the aim of raising funds for the most vulnerable communities, the Chinese activist Ai Weiwei has created a series of silk-screened face masks that will be on sale on eBay until June 27.
 
All proceeds benefit pandemic humanitarian efforts led by: Human Rights Watch, Refugees International, Médecins Sans Frontières.
 
Made in the artist’s studio in Berlin, each work is silk-screened by hand on cloth face masks. In addition, each package includes a signed artist’s statement. The illustrations allude to state control and freedom of expression, issues the artist has long addressed in his work.
 
No will is too small and no act is too helpless.” - Ai Weiwei
 
Motifs include a silk-screened black finger on a blue background, handcuffs, a surveillance camera and a crab which in Chinese vernacular connotes the concept of censorship. 'Ai Weiwei MASK are artworks symbolic of our current conditions. To have one is an ethical and creative act to overcome our tired isolation and participate in a collective enterprise of real compassion', says Alexandra Munroe, Curator.
Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

Art and Activism. Face Masks by Ai Weiwei

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