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A Conversation with Ai Weiwei

Public Programs | Words and Ideas

Watch A Conversation with Ai Weiwei.

This is a past program

This program took place on
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Now streaming on YouTube

About the Program

In this rare speaking engagement, hear from celebrated visual artist, filmmaker, and political activist Ai Weiwei as he explores his vast body of work in the context of social justice. Imprisoned by Chinese authorities in 2011 without cause, Ai has dedicated his life and career to speaking out against human-rights violations around the globe. In this virtual conversation with Skirball curator Yael Lipschutz, Ai discusses how he views the interconnectivity of human suffering as stemming from cultural and economic systems that value profit rather than human life. Yet Ai Weiwei, in his own words, reminds us that although the world's problems are deep and complex, “we hope for the better.”

This program is presented in association with the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Trace.

Donor Support

The exhibition Ai Weiwei: Trace& and its related educational programs are made possible by support from the following Lead Donor:

Steve Tisch Family Foundation

Along with generous support from the following:

Billie B. and Steven G. Fischer Foundation
Chara Schreyer and Gordon Freund

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