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Middle Finger Plate by Ai Weiwei

Middle Finger Plate by Ai Weiwei

3nd Gallery

Mixed Media


Edition Size: 250

Dimensions: 26.4 x 26.4 cm


Condition: Pristine

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Middle Finger Plate

By Ai WeiWei


It’s said to be the oldest gesture of insult.  The raising of the middle finger which can be traced back to ancient Greece.
Ai Weiwei first use of the act was in a photograph, aimed at Tianamen Square, where the authorities massacred students in 1989.  The middle finger motif became a recurring element in Ai Weiwei’s work, serving as a symbol of defiance and dissent against oppressive systems.
With it Weiwei challenges authority and calls attention to issues of censorship and human rights.
26.4 x 26.4 cm
edition of 250
plate signed



The Artist

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a world-famous contemporary artist from China. He works in a variety of media and has been a vocal critic of human rights issues in China. He spent time during his childhood forced into re-education camps because his father, Ai Quing, also an artist, had been accused of being a “Rightist” by the government of China. Ai Weiwei later attended the Film Academy in Beijing, where he studied animation. After moving to New York, he supported himself by drawing portraits of people on the street, and was influenced by cultural figures like Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg. He attended further study at the Art School League of New York and the Parsons School of Design.

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