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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A delicate balance | Globe and Mail
‘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 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