Artist Ai Weiwei speaks powerfully about the global refugee crisis in his book Humanity.
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My conclusion is we are one humanity. If anyone is being hurt, we are all being hurt. If anyone has joy, that’s our joy.
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We see the refugees’ misery on the news daily, so we know what is happening. At the same time, the pictures dull us. We think that the misery is so great that we cannot do anything about it.
ch. 2, crisis
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Nationality and borders are barriers to our intelligence, to our imagination and to all kinds of possibilities.
ch. 3, borders
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We have to trust in humanity, not politicians.
ch. 4, power
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This problem has such a long history, a human history. We are all refugees somehow, somewhere and at some moment.
ch. 5, displacement
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Freedom is not an absolute condition, but a result of resistance.
ch. 6, freedom
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We have to remember we have no choice. We’re either on the right side or on the wrong side.
ch. 7, action
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The refugee crisis is a human crisis. We all have a responsibility in this.
ai weiwei, artist
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October 2017
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Humanity
Writings on human life and the refugee crisis by the most important political artist of our time.
This collection of quotations demonstrates the range of Ai Weiwei's thinking on humanity and mass migration, issues that have occupied him for decades. Selected from articles, interviews, and conversations, Ai Weiwei's words speak to the profound urgency of the global refugee crisis, the resilience and vulnerability of the human condition, and the role of art in providing a voice for the voiceless.
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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is an artist renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that resonate with timely phenomena across today’s geopolitically uncertain world.

From architecture to installations, social media to documentaries, Ai uses a wide range of media to express new ways for his audiences to examine society and its values.

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Larry Warsh

Larry Warsh has been active in the art world for more than thirty years. He has collaborated with Ai Weiwei on several projects, including the public art installation Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads (2010). Warsh is a former member of the Contemporary Arts Council of the Asia Society and the Contemporary Arts Committee of the China Institute.