‘Anybody could be a refugee’: Ai Weiwei films global crisis

BERLIN: Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has a message for United States President Donald Trump, Europe’s populist right and those who would shut their nationwide borders to migrants and refugees.

“A refugee might be anybody. It might be you or me,” he said, pointing at past wars and an increasingly unpredictable world order. “The so-called refugee crisis is a human crisis.”

Over the previous 12 months, Ai and his film teams have actually visited migrant and refugee hotspots across 22 nations, from the US-Mexican border badlands to the Turkish-Syrian frontier and crowded holding camps on Greek islands.Now back in his Berlin studio, Ai talked with AFP about the result of his trip de force, the epic documentary job “Human Circulation “, set for global movie theater release in the late northern summer season of this year.”The issue actually has to be understood better by the individuals

who are privileged to still have peace,”the 59-year-old stated.”Peace is constantly short-term. No-one can be guaranteed to always have peace. “If you take a look at the world’s condition today, war still can occur anytime

, there is such uncertainty about our politics, therefore many unanswered questions.”Ai stated he viewed US politics now as “quite sad, rather troubling … in numerous methods reversing”, pointing at Trump’s comments that label whole”groups of individuals as terrorists or drug dealerships”. A migrant barber shaves Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s head at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border in March AFP/Sakis Mitrolidis The topic of migrants and refugees, and how many a society can and need to accept, is being gone over throughout the western world, but Ai is characteristically uncompromising.To those who say the boat is

complete, he replies simply that”the boat is never ever complete, only our heart is full “. Ai said he has looked with dismay at the Trump presidency, the United States entry restriction on Syrian refugees, the attempt to

reject visas to residents of 7 generally Muslim nations, the pledge to develop a wall with Mexico and conjure up mass deportations.In the

United States, he said, everyone other than the native Americans is either a migrant or a descendant of a migrant.” I went to the Mexico border two times and I purposely crossed the location where Trump is going to develop the wall, “he said.”I talked with those individuals

on the Mexico side, just aiming to comprehend who are they, why they want to be on the opposite.” Both sides need each other.

It’s not simply Mexicans who need the United States, the states bordering Mexico equally depend a lot on the low-cost labour.

“Ai has actually staged a number of prominent exhibitions on the mass flight of people from Syria and other trouble areas to Europe, frequently on hazardous Mediterranean crossings.Last year he dressed up the columns of Berlin’s Konzerthaus with 14,000 orange life vest from the Greek island of Lesbos. In Florence, he hung 22 red rubber rowboats from the exterior of a Renaissance palace. Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei looks on as he goes to a migrant’s makeshift camp on the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece, March 9, 2016. Ai is in Greece to shoot a documentary. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov Ai stated his personal history has formed his interest in human flight and displacement.”When I was young, my dad was exiled,”he said about the poet Ai Qing, who fell out of favour with Mao Zedong’s regime.” We needed to transfer to an extremely remote area in China and I matured in kind of military camps, “recalled Ai.” So I am really conscious individuals required by various reasons -it could be political, war, starvation, ecological problems– to look for, voluntarily or unwillingly, brand-new areas and possibilities.”In a sense, he too seems like a refugee.Having helped design Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Olympic arena, he later drew the rage of the state for his outspoken activism.Ai was apprehended for 81 days in 2011 and

then had his Chinese passport confiscated for 4 years. Much of his fellow activists have been imprisoned.

“I was in China and now I am being nearly displaced of China since all those legal representatives are still in prison and all those individuals I know are still in secret detention, “he stated.”I have actually been put in the same kind of

circumstance and it’s extremely possible it can happen to me again,”stated Ai.” This is the reality.”