The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run
Ai Weiwei is arguably the best-known contemporary artist alive today. Years of beatings, detention, and house arrest by the Chinese government only fueled his fame in the West. Now living in exile in Germany, the artist has shifted focus from the repressions of his homeland to the global refugee crisis.
“It’s not only tragic to the refugees,” says Weiwei, “but it’s rather tragic to humanity, to our understanding about who we are.”
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