AI WEIWEI UNVEILS NEW PROJECT INFLUENCED BY THE 2008 WENCHUAN EARTHQUAKE

Ai Weiwei Unveils New Project Influenced By The 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake
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AI WEIWEI UNVEILS NEW PROJECT INFLUENCED BY THE 2008 WENCHUAN EARTHQUAKE



Written by Dont Panic
11 Thursday 11th May 2017

 

Throughout his career, artist Ai Weiwei has clashed with the Chinese government due to his criticism of its undemocratic nature and lack of respect for human rights. It's led to Weiwei being imprisoned, which he's depicted in his work, investigated over his taxes and removed from group shows in the country. However, his Shouting Out project could end up doing real damage to the ruling Communist Party.

Shouting Out began in October 2013, after Weiwei and others discovered the names of 5,196 students who'd been killed in the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake (69,000 people died overall). The natural disaster became as political scandal as many poorly constructed buildings in the region collapsed, with the government resorting to breaking up protests, censoring news articles and arresting protestors to quell the backlash.

Weiwei's audio project took eight months to complete, as the artist shouted out the names of students who'd died until he lost his voice. Several participants finished the recording, which runs to over an hour and forty minutes. Shouting Out remembers the victims of the tragedy and challenges the government over the mistakes they made. Take a listen here:

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