Art as Activism: An Evening with Ai Weiwei
Since 2008 Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has become a household name in the United States and around the world. Celebrated for both his creativity and his activism-and the unique place where they meet-Ai Weiwei has led the fight against censorship, shed light on the international refugee crisis, exposed government corruption, and more.
"Literature is a place where we can construct new realities together, but unless the literature available to us is representative, those new realities threaten to reconstruct the prejudice and discrimination of the world we live in," says Weiwei. The artist will share the stage with PEN America President and writer Andrew Solomon for an intimate conversation on life as a dissident, the impact of his celebrity status on his art, and new and renewed threats to artistic expression in both China and America.
This event is presented in collaboration with PEN America's newest initiative, the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC).
PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.
Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) safeguards the right to artistic freedom of expression, and seeks to ensure that artists everywhere can live and work without fear. As an interactive hub to gather, share, and coordinate the many resources available to artists at risk, ARC aims to strengthen connections between threatened artists and the organizations that support them.