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Highlights from the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship with Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is one of the most influential artists of our time. He is equally admired for his fearless activism on behalf of human rights, freedom of expression, and the plight of regular people, whether earthquake victims in China or refugees in the Mediterranean. Consistent in his art and activism alike is a critique of the dehumanizing effects of systems, and an insistence on the moral necessity for individuals to speak out.  “Citizens,” Ai Weiwei writes, “should bear the responsibility to act.”

For his constant and steadfast championing of human rights, he was celebrated with the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship in Toronto on Sept. 27, 2017 – the marquee event of 6 Degrees Citizen Space.

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Photos by Alyssa K. Faoro, Liz Beddall and Luis Mora. More photos can be found in our Facebook gallery.

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More coverage:

Six things we learned from Ai Weiwei’s rare appearance in Toronto | Toronto Life

A delicate balance | Globe and Mail

Ai Weiwei on refugees, empathy and the ‘miracle’ of the internet |  CBC

Ai Weiwei praises Canada for having a ‘very open attitude’ towards refugees | CTV News

L’artiste chinois Ai Weiwei loue le role du Canada dans l’accueil des réfugiés | Radio Canada

‘Human crisis’: Ai Weiwei’s documentary showcases plight of refugees | CBC, The Current

Ai Weiwei visits Toronto for the first time | CBC Radio, Metro Morning

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei visits Canada to accept award | CBC TV, The National

Ai Weiwei, an artist in exile, turns to the refugee crisis | Macleans

Ai Weiwei on the need for humanity in the world’s refugee crisis | The National Post

Artist Ai Weiwei to receive Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship | The Globe and Mail

Ai Weiwei, in Toronto: Freedom of speech is the foundation of creativity | Lattin Magazine