Trace at Hirshhorn

by Kathleen

Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn
Independence Avenue & 7th
 Street, SW
Washington, DC 20560

The retrospective exhibition Trace was an incredible installation that portrayed individuals from around the world who are considered activists; advocates for free speech or prisoners of conscience. The works that were on display have now left the Hirshhorn.

The provocative Chinese artist Ai Weiwei promotes human rights and free expression in a Communist society. And, who better to portray such repressed or persecuted individuals than

On the floor of the Hirshhorn are 176 portraits comprised of LEGO bricks of those who have been detained, incarcerated or sought political asylum.

Ai Weiwei uses an eclectic range of media when creating a political point; LEGO,  film, paintings, sculptures and architecture.