4.13.2011

This Sunday: 1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei


Ai Weiwei, Fairytale, 2007

An email from Creative Time:
A question posted on Facebook about what we, as an arts community, can do to support the safe release of Ai Weiwei sparked great ideas, including one by curator Steven Holmes to reenact Ai Weiwei's project Fairytale: 1001 Qing Dynasty Wooden Chairs—an installation which was comprised of 1001 late Ming and Qing Dynasty wooden chairs at Documenta 12 in 2007 in Kassel, Germany—in front of Chinese embassies and consulates around the world. This Sunday, April 17, at 1 PM local time, supporters are invited to participate in 1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei, by bringing a chair and gathering outside Chinese embassies and consulates to sit peacefully in support of the artist's immediate release.
Artist and activist Ai Weiwei is an internationally regarded figure who has fought for artistic freedom and for freedom of speech throughout his distinguished career, envisioning and shaping a more just and equitable society through his work. He has been missing since his arrest on April 3rd in Beijing. Referencing the spirit of his work, 1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei calls for his immediate release, supporting the right of artists to speak and work freely in China and around the world.
To participate, find an embassy near you.

7 comments:

Ann-Marie Stillion said...

Saturday or Sunday? Your headline says one thing snd the text below another;-)

Ann-Marie Stillion said...

Is it Sunday or Saturday?

Heather said...

Sunday- 1 p.m. your local time
You can find the facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163478807041517
If that link doesn't work for some reason, find the Free Ai Weiwei page, which also has a link

Paul Schmelzer said...

Sunday! Pardon the typo the first time around.

Dan said...

Anyone know of a group organizing for the Boston consulate?

Dan said...

Scratch that...turns out there's no consulate in Boston.

hawksnestfarm said...

i think i'll put a chair at the end of my driveway since i don't live by an embassy. am going to tell my fb friends too. thx for sharing.