At “Creative Interventions and Social Activation” on November 3rd, Cheryl Haines discussed her collaboration with the artist and activist Ai Weiwei in curating and assembling his exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. Through the use of space, images, and sound in his installations, Ai explores the relationships between Alcatraz Island’s identity as a former federal penitentiary as well as a site of protest and demonstration to cast a spotlight on the former and current incarceration of “prisoners of conscience”.
Haines also offered a behind the scenes look at the complexities of mounting such a large-scale installation so highly integrated into its surrounding, especially since Ai was unable to come to the site as his passport was confiscated by Chinese authorities in 2011.
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