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Greece: Ai Weiwei sets up a studio on Lesbos as refugee crisis unfurls02:38

Greece: Ai Weiwei sets up a studio on Lesbos as refugee crisis unfurls

Greece, Mytilene
January 25, 2016 at 19:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei announced that he has taken up a studio on the Greek island of Lesbos, Monday, in a bid to "be more involved" as an artist and experience the refugee crisis first-hand.

Explaining his decision, Ai Weiwei said that he had set up the studio “to push myself into the situation, it is like to jump into the water or on boat. Otherwise I become too casual and I do not like that."

According to the Chinese artist, "we cannot in this kind of situation make other humans feel powerless, that is the real tragedy, the tragedy is not really how poor we are or how sad the war made us. The real tragedy is if we forget who we are, if humans lose their sense about humanity and human rights."

Ai Weiei is scheduled to start shooting a film in February as part of his activities on the Greek island.

Greece: Ai Weiwei sets up a studio on Lesbos as refugee crisis unfurls02:38
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Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei announced that he has taken up a studio on the Greek island of Lesbos, Monday, in a bid to "be more involved" as an artist and experience the refugee crisis first-hand.

Explaining his decision, Ai Weiwei said that he had set up the studio “to push myself into the situation, it is like to jump into the water or on boat. Otherwise I become too casual and I do not like that."

According to the Chinese artist, "we cannot in this kind of situation make other humans feel powerless, that is the real tragedy, the tragedy is not really how poor we are or how sad the war made us. The real tragedy is if we forget who we are, if humans lose their sense about humanity and human rights."

Ai Weiei is scheduled to start shooting a film in February as part of his activities on the Greek island.

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