1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei was arrested on April 3 in Beijing and has been missing since. Anne Pasternak of Creative Time posted a question on Facebook about what the arts community could do to support him, and in response curator Steven Holmes suggested a reenactment of Ai Weiwei’s project Fairytale: 1,001 Qing Dynasty Wooden Chairs. The piece was installed at Documenta 12 in 2007 in Kassel, Germany, and was comprised of 1,001 late Ming and Qing Dynasty wooden chairs and 1001 Chinese citizens he recruited to live in Kassel for the length of the show. This Sunday, April 17, at 1 pm local time, supporters are invited to bring a chair and gather outside Chinese embassies and consulates to sit peacefully in support of the artist’s immediate release. In New York, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China is located at 520 12 Ave in Manhattan. Additional information about the protest and local Chinese embassies can be found on the Facebook page for the event.

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  1. Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Pics from the protest:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shameelarafin/sets/72157626525784584/show/

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