“Reset Memories” by Ai Weiwei at the University Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ai Weiwei, 2012. Fotografía: © Ai Weiwei Studio

"I don't know what I can do art, I only know what art can do for me: it helps me understand the situation and gives me the responsibility to announce this humanitarian crisis”

AI Weiwei.

Ai Weiwei today has come to exceed the limits of art. From his job from performance to his appropriation-style artworks based on pre-existing objects, the artist position itself without a doubt for a place among the artists important conceptual artists in the world, just as his work has led to become known as a social media phenomenon, political activist and a committed advocate freedom of expression in his native China, where he spent 81 days in detention in 2011.

Ai Weiwei's art is located in a space between the history and the present moment, between the traditional Chinese culture and the Western cultural imperialism. His 1994 work Coca Cola Vase, a vessel of the Han dynasty with the multinational logo inscribed on its surface, shows his vision of the world. More recently the work of Ai has directly criticized the Chinese government for its disregard of human rights. humans. Your Straight installation is made with rubble from the Sichuan earthquakes in 2008, likewise his project film So Sorry investigated how government action, whose corruption resulted in the construction of poor quality housing, contributed to the high number of victims. The controversial artist's solidarity with the dispossessed and marginalized goes beyond their country. Participated in the artistic project Don't Follow The Wind, a collective exhibition inside the exclusion zone Fukushima nuclear. Such solidarity has earned him an Ambassador of Amnesty International awareness.

Despite the geographical distance, Ai Weiwei explores the traumas of the experiences of China and Mexico in a story that appeals to the obligation to build social memory. This project unites the concern represented by the destruction of cultural heritage and our relationship with our ancestors; the trauma that the attack on the future means, which implies violence against young people.

Wang Family Ancestral Hall—Wang Family Ancestral Hall, 2015 Photography: © Ai Weiwei Studio

Ai Weiwei exhibits her greatest readymade historical-political: the Wang Family Ancestral Hall (2015), a Ming Dynasty wooden temple that records the destruction of Chinese cultural heritage under the violence of the revolution, the loss of traditional rural society, and the commercialization of antiquities. This four hundred year old ruin exemplifies the complex negotiations between the new and the old; it is also the work that marked the period of constant surveillance that the artist suffered in Beijing after his arrest in 2011, before going into exile in Europe.

Boquillas—Set of Spouts, 2004 Fotografía: © Ai Weiwei Studio

In 2016, Ai Weiwei visited Mexico and motivated the start of a new project about the trauma of the loss of the future. Through a documentary film and a series of portraits made with Lego pieces, the artist explores the personal and social consequences of the disappearance of the 43 students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, which occurred between September 26 and 27, 2014. The project is committed to the construction of memory as an invisible bond that links us with our ancestors and outlines a duty towards the generations that come after us.

it is so that the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei arrives at the rooms of the MUAC. Shows that commemorates in a unique way the first ten years of the founding of the Museum University of Contemporary Art, and that can be visited from this April in the main room of the enclosure located in University City. The exhibition will consist of two parts: for a one hand the reconstruction of a Chinese temple from the Ming dynasty, and on the other a installation of Lego pieces that will allude to Mexico. Also accompanying this long-awaited exhibition, the MUAC has prepared samples of various artists of international stature. Among them is the sculptor and engraver Dutchman Jan Hendrix, the Cabello/Carceller collective, and Melanie Smithalso As part of the celebration of the first decade of the site, the museum will offer free admission on Thursdays and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., until November 2019.

Teacher Ai Weiwei is synonymous with creativity and transgression, perseverance, tenacity and criticism, especially with the Chinese regime, today it is a symbol of human rights and the freedom of expression. There is no doubt that the sample you have prepared for the MUAC it will go beyond the visual, and leave us anchored a strong reflection on what we live today inhabitants of this country.

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