Earlier today, SAN stopped by Ai Weiwei newly opened exhibition in Paris "Interlacing" at the Jeu De Paume museum.
"Interlacing" is the first major exhibition of photographs and videos by the Chinese artist, it foregrounds Ai Weiwei as the communicator: the documenting, analyzing, interweaving artist who communicates via many channels.
Ai Weiwei already used photography in his New York years, but especially since his return to Beijing, he has incessantly documented the everyday urban and social realities in China, discussing it over blogs and Twitter.
In "Interlacing", Ai Weiwei deliberately confronts social conditions in China and in the world, he is a generalist, a conceptual, socially critical artist dedicated to creating friction with, and forming reality. As an architect, conceptual artist, sculptor, photographer, blogger, Twitterer, interview artist, and cultural critic, he is a sensitive observer of current topics and social problems:
Detained on April 3rd 2011 by the Chinese authorities because of his political activities, released on bail June 22nd 2011, Ai Weiwei is still, today, banned from leaving the country.
If you stop by France, the show runs until April 29th in Paris.
More pictures after the jump...