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‘With Wind’ (2014) Ai Weiwei
It’s no Pocket Monster
A traditional bamboo and silk Chinese dragon kite weaves through the upstairs galleries of the Musée cantonal de zoologie at the Palais de Rumine, Lausanne. Flimsy but menacing and on the loose above our heads, it is a colourful flash of free expression. Except this is a creation by Ai Weiwei. A mythical embodiment of power, his contemporary interpretation of an ancient art form was originally installed on Alcatraz Island. By installing the dragon in an enclosed building once used as a prison workshop, Ai Weiwei alludes to such polar opposites as freedom and restriction, creativity and repression, and cultural pride versus national shame. As Weiwei sees it, the dragon represents individual freedom rather than imperial authority. Along the body, separate segments carry quotations from activists who have been imprisoned or forced into exile (the artist himself included).
Looking up at this majestic creature, the viewer is reminded of the importance of liberal thought, of allowing others to speak their mind, and without judgement. Don’t be afraid. ~~~~~
‘D’ailleurs c’est toujours les autres’ currently exhibiting at the Palais de Rumine, Lausanne, Switzerland until 28 January 2018.