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Ai Weiwei makes art of the demonstrations in Hong Kong

2019-08-19T14:34:57.488Z

The protests in Hong Kong, which according to organizers have involved up to 1.7 million people, continue. Now the demonstrations will be the focus of two new art projects by Berlin-based artist Ai Weiwei, reports Artnet News.



The protests in Hong Kong are in its eleventh week, and on Sunday, protesters gathered in one of Hong Kong's most popular shopping districts to attend the demonstrations.

The background to the demonstrations is a widely debated bill that the critics consider to be a threat to the area's self-government and a restriction on civil rights. Since then, the demonstrations have become larger and larger and involve many cultural workers.

"Can't talk or negotiate"

One of them is the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who has sharply criticized the authorities' actions which he considers to be too violent.

- They cannot talk about the situation or negotiate. They don't have that skill. All they have is military and police, Ai Weiwei told AFP.

Now the protests are also the subject of two new art projects by Weiwei, a documentary film and an opera performance. That's what Artnet News reports.

The protests are portrayed in opera

The first project is a reworked version of Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot in which the demonstrations will be depicted. The show premieres at the Opera House Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in Rome on March 25 next year.

- The demonstrations will definitely be reflected in the opera. It will be an opera sprung from our time where its ongoing cultural and political struggles are represented by Puccini's story, Ai Weiwei told The art newspaper.

Ai Weiwei is also working on a documentary film about the protests that Weiwei's employees have been following since its launch on June 9.

Source: svt

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