21st Biennale of Sydney: Ai Weiwei – Law of the Journey

It’s been a long time since I’ve done something that was just for me. I mean sure I’ve gone shopping by myself and gone out with friends, but it’s been a while since I did something that fed my mind and soul.

So today I decided to go to the 21st Biennale of Sydney at Cockatoo Island to see the installation by Ai Weiwei. I went by myself and I had a great time. The ‘Law of the Journey’ installation has been something I’ve wanted to see for quite a while and I’m so glad I got to see it.

Ai Weiwei is a contemporary Chinese artist and activist and I find his work to be thought provoking and emotionally confronting at times. His artworks highlight both the strength and courage of humanity as well as our failure at times to do the right thing and the extent of the carelessness and apathy that is ever growing in today’s society.

This particular installation is focused on the refugee crisis many countries are facing around the world, but in particular in Europe. I feel like for ordinary people like me who are fortunate enough to live in a developed country and privileged enough to have a home in that country, his artwork helps to make the refugee crisis at lot more real, rather then just being something that’s happening on the other side of the world that we see on the news.

And while part of the installation features insightful documentary films about the refugee situation, I think the 60m refugee boat crowded with faceless figures made out of black rubber makes the refugee crisis a lot more relatable on a human/emotional level, rather than just an intellectual level.

I think moving forward I will schedule more days like this, where I can find something I’m interested in that will enrich my life and open my eyes a little bit more to the world around me. Days like this makes me feel deeply satisfied and my heart feels full.

Here’s some snaps from the day.

Also for anyone who lives in Sydney, or anywhere else in the world – if you get an opportunity to see this installation or any of Ai Weiwei’s work, I’d highly recommend making a little time to go see it – I think you’ll find it’ll be well worth the time spent.

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