Presentation Title

Ai Weiwei’s Critique of the Problematic Depictions of Immigrants in America

Major Field of Study

Humanities with an emphasis in Art History

Location

Dominican University of California (online)

Start Date

20-6-2021 10:10 AM

End Date

20-6-2021 9:50 AM

Abstract

As a result of political shifts worldwide, immigration remains a significant issue among countries struggling to balance national security concerns and humanitarian goals. With the rise of nationalism and the questioning of legal citizenship, the contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei critiques the inhumane treatment of immigrants in a city-wide art installation in New York City. Through this 2017-2018 exhibition entitled Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, the immigrant’s perspective is highlighted and reveals that American immigration policy relies on a negative connotation of an immigrant that threatens the future of humanity.

Presenter Biography

As a recent Humanities graduate student from Dominican University of California, Erin Anderson enjoys exploring the connections between politics, history, literature, and contemporary art. With a Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of Davis, she continues to find inspiration in thought-provoking artwork that challenges the viewer’s perception of the world. The native Californian hopes to further research in art history with a particular interest in immigration and intersectionality.

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Ai Weiwei’s Critique of the Problematic Depictions of Immigrants in America

Dominican University of California (online)

As a result of political shifts worldwide, immigration remains a significant issue among countries struggling to balance national security concerns and humanitarian goals. With the rise of nationalism and the questioning of legal citizenship, the contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei critiques the inhumane treatment of immigrants in a city-wide art installation in New York City. Through this 2017-2018 exhibition entitled Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, the immigrant’s perspective is highlighted and reveals that American immigration policy relies on a negative connotation of an immigrant that threatens the future of humanity.