Artist Projects Ai Weiwei’s Face Onto NYC’s Chinese Consulate

05/23/2011 11:33 AM |

Ai Weiwei takes over the Chinese Consulate in New York.
  • Ai Weiwei takes over the Chinese Consulate in New York.

Chinese dissident artist-activist Ai Weiwei has been held for 50 days now after being apprehended by police at Beijing airport in early April, and only allowed his first visit last week. On Friday night Cuban artist Geandy Pavon joined the many artists who’ve created work demanding Ai’s release by going right at the Chinese Consulate on 42nd Street and Twelfth Avenue.

Pavon set up alongside the Hudson River Park bike lane with a laptop and projector, and cast a giant, watery portrait of the detained artist onto the massive blank wall of the building that houses New York City’s Chinese Consulate. As you can see in the video below, some supportive cyclists stopped to compliment Pavon, and some security guard-ish guys can be seen making calls near a side door to the consulate.

The public projection/performance is the latest iteration of Pavon’s ongoing Nemesis project to cast the faces of those detained, tortured, killed or otherwise wronged by governments onto their own buildings. (Hyperallergic)