The exhibition #SafePassage will deal with the fate of the individual versus the overruling systems of society, through the eyes of world renowed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei (1957, China). Our staff will also inform you about the exceptional portraits by Marubi, Melanie Bonajo’s trilogy Night Soil and the fascination that artist Olya Oleinic has for the Chinese consumption culture, all to be exhibited from 16 September on at Foam.
In the Uitmarkt stand of Foam, visitors can portrait themselves on Saturday and Sunday (11.00 – 18 hrs.), expressing their wish for a safe passage to the many refugees who are risking their lives for a better life in Europe. Foam processes the photos and will make them available for you from Monday on.
#SafePassage, Facebook. Ai Weiwei Camps
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
In the exhibition, Ai Weiwei shares his personal experiences as a refugee of the Chinese Government, and feels close related to the hundreds of thousands refugees and migrants who risked their lives to reach Europe, only to find their path barred by a succession of border closures. Alongside marble sculptures and films, Weiwei will cover the walls of Foam with thousands of photographs taken on his mobile phone. This immense collage will reflect on all the personal encounters the artist has had with individuals and the tragic situation unfolding in the Mediterranean, bringing to our attention what is, in his own words, "the biggest, most shameful humanitarian crisis since World War II".
The exhibition Ai Weiwei – #SafePassage is on show in Foam from 16 September until 7 December 2016.
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ABOUT DE UITMARKT
The Uitmarkt is a vibrant three-day celebration of the Netherlands' cultural scene. It is the largest annual festival in the country, officially launching the new cultural season by showcasing the very best in music, art, theatre, dance, opera, literature and cabaret performances. Some 2,000 performers take to almost 30 Amsterdam venues, entertaining 500,000 visitors throughout the weekend.
Uitmarkt 2016 is taking place from Friday 26 until Sunday 28 August at Museumplein, Amsterdam
The Uitmarkt programme of Foam is realised with support of corporate partner Olympus.