Coronavirus masks: at auction those of Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei, the famous Chinese artist who has lived in Berlin for years, has decided to intervene in its own way in the global debate on coronavirus. He did it with an artistic operation, which however has an important beneficial aspect and is open to all, like a great call to action.
He traced drawings and writings on some surgical masks and auctioned them on eBay: a gesture that goes beyond art to take on a political value. Here is how the artist explains his idea on Instagram: “The COVID-19 pandemic is a humanitarian crisis. Challenge our understanding of the 21st century and warn of future dangers. It requires each individual to act, both alone and collectively. It is not enough to reflect on the new conditions and pass the time without completely occupying this moment ”.
Ai Weiwei’s masks
And he continues: “Our little individual act becomes powerful when it is part of a collective response. An individual wearing a mask makes a gesture; a company that wears masks fights a deadly virus. And a society that wears masks because of the choices of individuals, rather than because of the directive of the authorities, can challenge and resist any force. No will is too small and no act is too impotent. ”
Sales of Ai Weiwei MASK masks will go to Human Rights Watch, Refugees International and Médecins Sans Frontières.
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