This autumn, acclaimed artist and activist Ai Weiwei joins us for a very special evening at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. Weiwei will be speaking about his highly-anticipated memoir, 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows.
This sweeping memoir presents a remarkable history of China over the last 100 years, while also illuminating his artistic process.
Weiwei’s sculptures and installations have been viewed by millions around the globe, and his architectural achievements include helping to design the iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing. His political activism has long made him a target of the Chinese authorities, which culminated in months of secret detention without charge in 2011. Here, for the first time, Ai Weiwei explores the origins of his exceptional creativity and passionate political beliefs through his own life story and that of his father, whose own creativity was stifled.
At once ambitious and intimate, 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows offers a deep understanding of the myriad forces that have shaped modern China, and serves as a timely reminder of the urgent need to protect freedom of expression.
This is sure to be an unmissable evening in the company of one of the world’s most esteemed artists – we hope you can join us!