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Feature Friday: @Large Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

This past December I visited Alcatraz for the first time. The decaying former prison feels haunted. It echoes with each step. It’s cold, and damp and inhospitable, and the perfect place for Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s latest installation: @Large, a multi-piece experience that asks us to look deeply into the themes of imprisonment and freedom.

“The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned. This is not the case. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.”
— Ai Weiwei

As in The City, Not Long After, Ai Weiwei’s work shows us that freedom is worth fighting for, and that art can be an even more powerful weapon than guns in that fight.

To learn more about this exhibit visit for-site.org.

Prepping for Protest

In the wake of the verdicts in the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner and the deaths of a number of other young black men, protests continue across the country.

Non-violent protest is one of the cornerstones of the fight against injustice. Unfortunately, what starts as non-violence doesn’t always end that way.

Luckily The Art of Urban Survival has a fantastic and detailed article on how to prep for protest.

Protester's Emergency Kit
Stefan Verstappen The Art of Urban Survival – protest emergency kit

Wondering how you can get involved? Visit the Ferguson National Response Network.