Chinese Contemporary artist Ai Weiwei recently launched four exhibitions in New York City that focus on the current Syrian refugee crisis. The artist’s ‘Laundromat‘ exhibit is a massive presentation that pays homage to a refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece. Using an overwhelming amount of garments worn by over 15,000 men, women and children as his artistic medium, Ai Weiwei brings the ongoing plight of these families and their horrifying experiences to life. In an interview with Designboom, the artist revealed, ‘I decided to follow the refugees’ path. I went to the Idomeni refugee camp. It had become a bottleneck when the flow of refugees entering europe was completely shut off. Before, the refugees would travel through Idomeni on the so-called Balkan route to reach Europe. Once the Macedonian government closed the border, the camp swelled to over 15,000 refugees. I started to take many photographs, to try to record the moment. The harsh reality can act as evidence and make us reflect on these conditions. This is a condition many people refuse to see, or try to distort or ignore. Many willfully believe this isn’t actually taking place. When you see so many children out of school, 263 million children worldwide, you can easily predict what our future holds.’
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