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An evening with Ai Weiwei

Guardian Live

Thursday, 30 January 2020 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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Standard ticket   more info 30 Jan 2020 £27.00 £1.84
Concessions   more info 30 Jan 2020 £24.30 £1.70
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Contemporary artist Ai Weiwei will join us to talk about his new project, Omni.

Born in China to a poet who was denounced during the Anti-Rightist movement, Ai has experienced displacement from an early age, when his family was sent to a labour camp and were exiled for 16 years. In the early 1980s, Ai relocated to the United States where he studied art, living undocumented in New York for a decade. He moved back to Beijing in 1993 where he was a fixture of the early Chinese avant-garde. Ai's art reflects contemporary life, including the relationship between modernity and tradition, and the individual and society. Since 2015, Ai's work has focused in particular on the human issues brought to the fore by the global refugee crisis.

Ai’s new project Omni, his first virtual reality artwork, brings together two videos - Displaced Working Elephants in Myanmar and Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh - and gives viewers an intimate view of the uprooted, both animals and humans, as they experience various forms of displacement. The 360-degree immersive video places the viewer alongside the former working elephants in Myanmar, and within a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, the world's largest refugee settlement, in Bangladesh.

Each ticket includes a limited edition cardboard VR headset featuring a unique design by Ai Weiwei. Use this headset with your smartphone to watch the immersive video on the YouTube app.

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

Wheelchair users and visitors who require an assistant may bring a companion free of charge. To book a free companion ticket please email

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Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
SW1X 9DQ London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 30 January 2020 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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