Ai Weiwei on Human Touch

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Ai Weiwei on Human Touch

“I started working with Fine Cell Work when they showed me the possibilities. I was to provide a creation or design for people who were in jail to work on. For me that was a very fascinating idea, myself having been in jail and many of my friends have been in jail.


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This offered a very good opportunity for prisoners to reach out and think about the issues [faced] in the real world. The real world can sometimes [feel like] a prison, even for those people who have not committed a crime. Their lives can still feel like prison. That’s why I created this piece.

We had many discussions back and forth and as a result, the piece has come back surprisingly beautiful. It has really been done with care and sensitivity. The topic is powerful – it is about refugees, about Human Flow. I think people in prison conditions may understand the topic better and several of the prisoners have written me letters which are very emotional.

From the bottom of my heart, I feel very grateful. I think this has been a healthy project and has turned out to be fantastic.”

- Ai Weiwei


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    I’m thrilled to discover that Ai Wei Wei has been working with Fine Cell. I have your book ‘The Sleep Quilt.’ I am a stitcher and all your work is so inspiring. I would love to be involved in some way.

    Warmest wishes to you all.
    Sarah Pyke

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