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Ai Weiwei Free School

Black and white portraiit of Ai Weiwei with his hands opening his eyes.

Inspired by the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Unbroken, external link, this creative partnership examined the works in Unbroken as a pedagogical framework in which artists, facilitators and writers have drawn upon the themes famously associated with Ai Weiwei, external link himself. The aim of the Free School was to transform the exhibition into a site for social action and illuminate the transformative power of art.

Sessions offered through the Freel School included: writing intimate and embodied narratives, external linkdocumenting dissent, democracy, and student activism, external linkfake news - writing in the post-truth culture, external link; and extreme music therapy, external link, which recalled the heavy metal single that Ai Weiwei released after his house arrest in 2011. The Free School concluded with an evening event, external link that coincided with the 30th anniversary of student protest at Tiananmen Square.


The Jack Layton Chair, under the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Community Services