AI WEIWEI SETTLES ON GREEK ISLAND TO HELP MIGRANTS CROSSING AEGEAN

Jan 28, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei says he decided to remove his works from two museums in Denmark – out of a deep anger at new legislation allowing the Danish government to seize valuables from migrants – and he wanted to make “a clear statement” on what he considers an absurd law.

Ai spoke on Lesbos island in Greece – the main entry point for migrants seeking a better life in Europe.

The famous artist has set up a studio there – and says the project will last “at least a year” – and will produce several projects with refugee-related themes.

He told the Associated Press that he wants to be “part of the daily experience” – and help to rescue thousands of refugees crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesbos.

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