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Artist And Activist Ai Weiwei: 'What We Want To Preserve Is Our Memory'

Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has a new exhibition, “Rebar and Case,” in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In it he combines marble and twisted rebar salvaged from the ruins of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake to represent and memorialize the more than 5,000 children who died there — kids whose deaths he says the Chinese government largely covered up.

The exhibit comes on the heels of the Chinese government’s destruction of Ai’s iconic studio, to create a shopping mall.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Ai (@aiwwabout the new exhibit, and how memory and preservation inform his work and life.

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