Ai Weiwei’s latest work highlights the global refugee crisis. Called “The Law of the Journey,” the artwork is a 60-meter long lifeboat with more than 300 figures huddled inside.
Made from the same rubber used in lifeboats, the all-black piece is referencing the treacherous journeys many refugees undertake attempting to cross the Mediterranean.
This isn’t the first time the politically-engaged artist has tackled the refugee crisis. In 2016, Weiwei set up a studio on the Greek island of Lesbos, the arrival point for many refugees fleeing to Europe; in February of the same year, Weiwei wrapped the Berlin concert hall in 14,000 lifejackets collected from refugees who made the journey; and in July, the artist unveiled a similar piece featuring lifejackets floating in a pond at Vienna’s Belvedere Palace.
Ai WeiWei’s “The Law of the Journey” is currently on show on Cockatoo Island, as part of the 21st Biennale of Sydney. The exhibition runs until June 11.
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