By Krista Thomas, Cal Performances’ Associate Director of Communications
Ai Weiwei’s adventurous work in sculptural installation, filmmaking, photography, ceramics, painting, writing, and social media is widely acclaimed for shedding light on pressing societal issues and values. The renowned artist and activist was born in Beijing in 1957 and for decades has been an outspoken voice on social issues including human rights, especially as they have related to his home country of China, where he has been the target of frequent government interference and was once imprisoned for nearly three months without charges. Currently residing in Portugal, Ai continues to advocate for international human rights, with his work and life often informing one another.
Throughout his decades-long career, Ai has developed powerful works of art that show an incredible range, both in their medium and in their subject. To help you become better acquainted with his artistry ahead of his visit to Cal Performances on September 24, we’ve compiled 10 of Ai’s works showing the breadth and depth of his creative vision and mission.