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  1. 1. Ai Weiwei
  2. 2. Ai Weiwei Study of Perspective Photo Series 1995-2003
  3. 3. Ai Weiwei Study of Perspective Photo Series 1995-2003 First thoughts: Adiba: Hes flipping off all this art and architecture. Hes maybe obnoxious. Azalea: Hes very blunt. Jaylin: Hes mad at things people usually dont get mad at. Jen: Hes targetting things people lil.e . . . .
  4. 4. Ai Weiwei Study of Perspective Photo Series 1995-2003 First thoughts: Artan: He doesnt care about peoples opinions. He does what he wants! Adrianna: Showing to these highly respected places and showing freedom of expression. Most of the structures has positive connotations.hes being devils advocate. Promia: Has little regard for the consequences of his actions. Art is about SPEAKING OUT. Destiny: Not everything has to be huge, it can be a simple sign. Marco: These objects have no value. Except the value we give them.
  5. 5. Ai Weiwei Study of Perspective Photo Series 1995-2003 HOMEWORK: Take a photograph that shows disrespect towards an icon of oppression (personal, politcal, or otherwise). Be prepared to discuss your work and back it up with discussion.
  6. 6. What are icons of oppression in our city? The building with holding cells at Canal St. (or Atlantic Ave) Christopher Columbus Statues Trump Tower The Charging Bull and Fearless Girl (Random angry white lady who hates how Dominican girls fold clothes.) Police Officers (depending on the person) Some abuse power Angry racist people on the i-95 freeway Soda-drinking white guy who ran away from me and my friends in FL. HOMEWORK: Take a photograph that shows disrespect towards an icon of oppression (personal, politcal, or otherwise). Be prepared to discuss your work and back it up with discussion. What is Oppression? : prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control: (Slavery, forced deportation, racism, SYSTEMIC Racism, dictatorships, genocide, laws that exclude peoples)
  7. 7. What are icons of oppression in our city? Danisa: Trump Tower. Adrianna: The Christopher Columbus statues Promia: Columbus Ave Aidan: Madison Ave? Hamilton Heights? Police Officers? Stations? Promia: Ellis Island Ingrid: Religious institutions Gracie Mansion (Mayors home turf) Dept offices for food stamps, documentation. NYCHA Housing HOMEWORK: Take a photograph that shows disrespect towards an icon of oppression (personal, politcal, or otherwise). Be prepared to discuss your work and back it up with discussion. Oppression: (to Oppress) When you discriminate against someone/thing. To disregard others feelings or beliefs. Adrianna: Theres definitely some people who are more oppressed than others, like if they have an abuser or something. Danisa: Theres a difference between oppression and bullying. Oppression is more systematicnot just a single person.
  8. 8. Ai Weiwei Study of Perspective Tiananmen Square Photograph 1995-2003 In what first appears to be a classic tourist snapshot, Ai sticks his middle finger up at Tiananmen Square Gate. Also known as the "Gate of Heavenly Peace", and formerly the front entrance to the Forbidden City, this was also the site of the brutal massacre in 1989 in which state soldiers shot peaceful protesters. The Beijiing government still refuses to discuss it, and censors all footage of the event.
  9. 9. By the spring of 1989 there was growing sentiment among university students and others in China for political and economic reform. The country had experienced a decade of remarkable economic growth and liberalization, and many Chinese had been exposed to foreign ideas and standards of living. In addition, although the economic advances in China had brought new prosperity to many citizens, it was accompanied by price inflation and opportunities for corruption by government officials. In the mid-1980s the central government had encouraged some people (notably scientists and intellectuals) to assume a more active political role, but student-led demonstrations calling for more individual rights and freedoms in late 1986 and early 1987 caused hard-liners in the government and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to suppress what they termed bourgeois liberalism.
  10. 10. The Chinese government arrested thousands of suspected dissidents; many of them received prison sentences of varying lengths of time, and a number were executed. However, several dissident leaders managed to escape from China and sought refuge in the West.
  11. 11. Ai Weiwei When Ai was arrested and interrogated by the Chinese police in 2011, his interviewers limited their questions, however, to this particular photograph, demanding an explanation. Ai stated that he had meant to target "Feudalism", explaining that the gate had been built by a Ming Emperor. While Ai's interrogators could not acknowledge it, they were no doubt aware of another layer of visual symbolism. In its resemblance to "tank man", an unidentified protestor photographed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident facing a line of tanks, Ai's finger, standing alone against symbols of state power at the center of this image, is a provocative stand in for a figure strictly banned in the Chinese media, and therefore truly and brilliantly provocative.
  12. 12. Ai Weiwei Study of Perspective - White House Photograph 1995-2003 Study of Perspective Tiananmen Square was part of a series begun in 1995 and completed in 2003. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, The Reichstag in Berlin and the White House in Washington D.C. all get the same treatment in these parodies of Renaissance perspective. The central rule that objects closer to the eye must appear larger is being used to showcase an offensive gesture expressing Ai's basic disdain for state power, which is by no means limited to China.
  13. 13. Ai Weiwei Study of Perspective Photo Series 1995-2003 HOMEWORK: Take a photograph that shows disrespect towards an icon of oppression (personal, politcal, or otherwise). Be prepared to discuss your work and back it up with discussion.
  14. 14. ..Probably a rhetorical question...but can we try to answer this? What is art for ?? Jaylin: To show creativity. Jen: To help others to feel what you feel about something. Christian: To help others join a side (kozak: to CHOOSE a side) Mattia: To affect peoples ideas about stuff. Vraj: To bring awareness to topics. . .
  15. 15. ..Probably a rhetorical question...but can we try to answer this? What is art for ?? Danisa: Emo KWEEN RAWR XD Artan: He seems angry about how governments treat people. Abdul: He tries hard to understand peoples pain Sakin: People are afraid to express their pain...his art is a way to show that pain! .
  16. 16. Ai Weiwei Chengdu Earthquake
  17. 17. Finally graded. RTFQ Use examples. Manage your time wisely.
  18. 18. Finally graded. If your name is on it, take pride in your workits an extension of who you are.
  19. 19. Finally graded. Theres a direct correlation between hard work and success. Choosing the quickest method is the quickest way to ensure failure.
  20. 20. Straight Rebar installation 2008-12 The largest gallery at the RA will house Straight, Ai Weiweis poignant response to the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. Poorly built schools in the Sichuan province held up by steel rods which twisted and mangled in the quake were devastated, leaving thousands of students dead. These rods (which Ai had laborers straighten by hand) make up the 90- ton floor-based sculpture, that is laid out in broken undulations recalling fault lines. Ai Weiwei
  21. 21. Straight Rebar installation 2008-12 Rebar is,. Ai Weiwei
  22. 22. Straight Rebar installation 2008-12 Straight is Ai Weiweis poignant response to the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. Poorly built schools in the Sichuan province held up by steel rods which twisted and mangled in the quake were devastated, leaving thousands of students dead. These rods (which Ai had laborers straighten by hand) make up the 90-ton floor-based sculpture, that is laid out in broken undulations recalling fault lines. Ai Weiwei
  23. 23. Both a stylized representation of an earthquake and an image of its effects, Straight is a statement about a specific instance of governmental corruption and negligence. The province of Sichuan suffered massive casualties in an earthquake of 2008, leaving 90,000 dead or missing. Over 5,000 were children killed when poorly constructed schools collapsed on top of them. Ai, a self-taught architect, was outraged to discover that this could have been avoided. Both a memorial and a call to action, Straight is part of the artist's broader effort to hold the Chinese government responsible and urge it to take preventative steps to avoid future disaster.Ai Weiwei
  24. 24. Straight Rebar installation 2008-12 It took him four years to complete this monumental floor sculpture --almost 40 feet long and 20 feet wide - weighing 200 tons. To construct it, he collected the bent and broken steel reinforcement bars that were part of the badly built schools. He commissioned metal workers to straighten and mend them until they looked as they would have before the earthquake. He arranged the bars in waves that resemble the oscillations in an earthquake on a seismograph. The fissures between them resemble fault lines. The thousands of individual components reference the individual lives lost, a typical feature of Ai's symbolism. Ai Weiwei
  25. 25. Straight Rebar installation 2008-12Ai Weiwei Video of art assistants installing this work in Ontario Canada https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1ak4cj1YD0
  26. 26. The Chinese government did not appreciate the attention the artist drew to this national embarrassment and this marked the beginning of an especially turbulent period in Ai's adversarial relationship with Chinese authorities. Is there an example from American history that you