Artists’ Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor London pro-refugee march


Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor march near Downing Street 10 in London, AFP photo

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Ai Weiwei‘s and Anish Kapoor‘s pro-refugees action

Today, 14:53

The world-famous artists Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor have led a demonstration in London to support refugees. They called for a “human rather than a political” solution to the refugee crisis. Both wore gray blankets as symbols of the plight of the 60 million refugees in the world. Several hundred people joined the duo.

“This problem affects everyone,” said Ai Weiwei. He called on the British government last week to let in more asylum seekers. The Chinese artist is in London to open a major exhibition of his work. It is the first time that he can do that personally since he got his passport back in July from the Chinese authorities who had taken it four years ago.

Anish Kapoor recently hit the headlines because his sculpture Dirty Corner in the palace gardens of Versailles on two occasions had been daubed with anti-Semitic slogans.

During their more than 10 kilometers long march they passed, eg, the official residence of the British Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament near the Thames. Ai Weiwei and Kapoor will repeat this action in the near future in other cities around the world.

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