Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship
Ai Weiwei is renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that resonate with timely phenomena across today’s geopolitical world. From architecture to installations, social media to documentaries, Ai uses a wide range of media as expressions of new ways for his audiences to examine society and its values. He is co-producer of a new documentary, Human Flow, shot in 23 countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Greece, focusing on the plight of an estimated 65 million global refugees forced to flee their homes. Recent art exhibitions include: Maybe, Maybe Not at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Law of the Journey at the National Gallery in Prague, Ai Weiwei. Libero at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, #SafePassage at Foam in Amsterdam, translocation – transformation at 21er Haus in Vienna, Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz in San Francisco.
Ai was born in Beijing in 1957 and currently resides and works in both Beijing and Berlin. Ai is the current Einstein Visiting Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), and he is the recipient of the 2015 Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International and the 2012 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation. He will receive the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship in Toronto on September 27, 2017.
Photo credit: Ai Weiwei Studio