Ai Weiwei's New 'Fences' Exhibition Will Challenge Trump's Wall

Ai Weiwei's New 'Fences' Exhibition Will Challenge Trump's Wall

The exhibition will cover popular public spaces in New York City.

The exhibition will cover popular public spaces in New York City.

Text: Ndey Buri

Chinese Contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has unveiled his forthcoming public exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.

Weiwei, whose work regularly incorporates prominent political, cultural and social themes, will imagine this upcoming project as a way to examine the concept of borders, challenging Donald Trump's plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico border. The Public Art Fund-commissioned project will see Weiwei installing over 100 fence-like installations strategically placed around New York City making it one of the artist's most expansive yet.

Nicholas Baume, Public Art Fund director and chief curator, has this to say about the exhibition, "This is the most ambitious that we’ve undertaken since I’ve been here." Baume also commented on the project's large reach noting that, "Certainly, it’s the most distributed throughout the city." New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have also expressed their support for Weiwei's new project. Expected sites for the Good Fences Make Good Neighbors exhibition will include popular city locations such as Doris C. Freedman Plaza and the Cooper Union building.

The public exhibition is set to open on October 12.

Credits: Photo courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio

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