Ai Weiwei, the Chinese contemporary artist and activist, opens new “Laundromat” installation at Deitch Projects art gallery in New York City. Seeking to shine a brighter light on the global refugee crisis, the exhibit boasts over 2,000 items that the artist collected while on a trip to an abandoned refugee camp in the village of Idonemi, on the Greek-Macedonian border. When the refugee camp was shut down in 2016, the refugees were forced to gather all their belongings in a rush and travel a voyage of uncertain fate. As a result, thousands of shoes, pants, boots, sweaters, and other clothing items were left behind. Ai Weiwei collected select pieces, washed them, and implemented them into his visual arts project, aptly-named “Laundromat.” The exhibit will be open to the public through December 23rd. If you will be in the Tri-State region soon, make sure to check out the humanitarian project.
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