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Artist Ai Weiwei flips off statues around the world

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Courtesy © 2015 Ai Weiwei

Fighting is a symptom of life. — Ai Weiwei

Admit it, it feels great to flip the finger. Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has been doing it as an act of protest for years. From the Louvre to Tiananmen Square, all the way to the White House, he has given the middle finger to so many global establishments that he created a photo-series called Study of Perspective (1995 to 2003).

The video below also highlights his current exhibition at the The Museum of Cycladic Art. It is the first time Weiwei has presented his work at an archaeological museum. Some of the newer pieces were created to bring awareness to the refugee crisis in Greece.

He also stitched together 12,030 images taken from January 2015 to April 2016, creating a massive piece of iPhone wallpaper. Most of the images were taken on his trip to the Greek island of Lesbos to show the world poor refugee living conditions.

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“My favourite word? It’s ‘act.’ “.

(h/t Open Culture)