Hundreds of photographs from internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei are on display now in Vancouver.
Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs showcases some 227 photos that the artist took during a formative decade spent in New York, well before he became the global icon known equally for his artistic achievements – like inspiring Beijing’s distinctive Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium – and his harsh critiques of the Chinese regime.
The black-and-white photos, on display until Nov. 30 at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery at UBC, capture scenes of everyday life among Weiwei’s circle of friends and acquaintances in the tumultuous ’80s and early ’90s in New York City. Weiwei was still finding himself at the time, enrolling briefly in art schools while making a living drawing street portraits.
But he carried a camera everywhere he went. Continue reading:
227 Photos from China’s Most Famous Dissident on Display in Vancouver