Saturday, October 26, 2013

"He Xie"

He Xie is the Chinese word for river crab and this piece of Ai Weiwei's consists of 3,200 porcelain crabs. After his Shanghai studio was demolished by Chinese authorities in 2010, Ai invited guests to a feast of 10,000 river crabs to protest the control of information and the restriction of individual freedom of expression. He was placed under house arrest and was unable to attend. 

13 comments:

Lowell said...

I'd be a little crabby, too, if my studio was demolished! Wow. That's a lot of crabs. Weiwei's installations could not be called "minimal." :)

Laura. M said...

I give thanks for being able to express myself freely, Pat. I like the exposure.
Have a great weekend :))

TexWisGirl said...

a good protest.

William Kendall said...

That's an interesting installation.

Barbara Farr said...

His work speaks loudly.

Jack said...

And this is on the "meh" side of the equation.

Randy said...

That's fun.

jennyfreckles said...

What a wonderful collection of pieces to explore. I'm not overfond of these crabs but his work does a good job of highlighting issues.

cieldequimper said...

He is controversial but I love this way of protesting!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Such an amazing story to go with this installation.

EG CameraGirl said...

Kinda spooky to my way of thinking.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh he really is a politically minded artist Pat.. it's good, art with powerful meaning is to be admired.

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

My very first introduction to Ai Wei Wei was his sunflower seed exposition. This looks like the same concept. I just love it - again thank you for bringing these to us.