Ai Weiwei poses as drowned Syrian infant refugee in ‘haunting’ photo
Engaged in several projects relating to the refugee crisis and profoundly moved by their individual often hopeless situations, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, currently working on the Greek Lesbos Island, realized several symbolic actions to draw attention on this crisis and human tragedies.
Last week, he decided to cancel its exhibition in Copenhagen as a protest against the new Danish law allowing refugees belongings to be confiscate in order to cover the costs of their welcoming.
This week, he released a photo of him lying on a pebbled beach using the same pose as the 3 year old Aylan Kurdi who drowned near the Turkish town of Bodrum in a failed attempt to reach the European Union.
The haunting image of the little boy in September 2015 became a symbol of the plight of Syria’s refugees and drove huge mobilizations in Europe.
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"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan