Ai Weiwei on refugees, empathy and the ‘miracle’ of the internet

Switzerland Exhibition Ai Weiwei
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is pictured in the entrance hall after a press conference one day ahead of the opening of the exhibition “Ai Weiwei. D’ailleurs c’est toujours les autres.” at the Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Christian Merz/Keystone via AP)

Though his art has been warmly welcomed in Canada before, provocative and influential Ai Weiwei — once named the world’s most powerful artist — has travelled to Toronto to accept an honour acknowledging his activism.


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