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Ai Weiwei: Dragon Kites, Legos, and Porcelain @Large at Alcatraz

— May 2015

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‘With Wind’, New Industries Building, Dragon Kite, detail of @Large, photograph by Henry Matthews

Susan Platt travelled to Alcatraz, once a prison island, where she found it turned into a beacon for freedom by a Chinese dissident

In 1995 I participated in the United Nations NGO conference on Women in China as a representative of the International Art Critics Association. I visited the ‘Beijing East Village’, an avant-garde artists’ community created in the early 1990s. I didn’t know that it had already been disbanded by the time I arrived, but there were a few traditional artists remaining,...

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