We love this Ai Weiwei installation at the National Gallery Prague part of his exhibition ‘Law of the journey’
‘There’s no refugee crisis, but only human crisis… in dealing with refugees we’ve lost our very basic values,’
Ai Weiwei says.
‘In this time of uncertainty, we need more tolerance, compassion and trust for each other since we all are one. otherwise, humanity will face an even bigger crisis.’
The exhibition ‘Law of the journey’ unfolds across the trade fair palace in prague as a multi-layered statement on the human condition. Inside the vast main hall, an enormous rubber boat is suspended from the ceiling, hovering within the gallery’s post-industrial, cathedral-like space. The overcrowded raft carries a mass of figures squeezed together, seemingly set for a journey across the unknown. Through this gesture of reconstructing a desperate act of escape, Ai Weiwei seeks to pay tribute to the human tragedy of the present moment, and emphasize man’s desire for a sense of belonging.
Also featured in the exhibition is a selection of Ai Weiwei’s previous works: ‘Laundromat’, With Flowers and ‘Snake Ceiling’. The exhibition is on view from now through January 7th, 2018.