photo credit: Ai Weiwei Studio

NICHOLS GALLERY

2016

Ai Weiwei

FAULT LINE

January 23 – April 11, 2016

Curated by Ian Boyden

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Ai states, “It is a tradition for intellectuals to speak out against power. This is why artists and poets are so valued by society.” Ai does not interpret his own art, which is itself an important element of his work. He believes it is more powerful for viewers to form their own interpretations. Each interpretation then becomes a part of the piece itself, and those who engage in Ai Weiwei’s work play an active part in its existence.

In the Pacific Northwest, the Cascadia Subduction Zone makes this show particularly relevant. This subduction zone, one of the most powerful megathrust fault lines in the world, hasn’t had a major slip in over 300 years, leading experts to assert that the region is overdue for a massive earthquake on the scale of the Wenchuan quake. SJIMA’s programming explores art as an intermediary between the human and the environment. Ai Weiwei: Fault Line articulates not only the destruction caused by earthquake, but the incredible challenges—and necessity—of creating truth and meaning in its aftermath.

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photo credit: Ai Weiwei Studio

SPONSORS:

The Honeywell Charitable Fund, Printonyx, Browne’s Home Center and Harbor Rentals.