Friday 9 December 2016

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei recreates Alan Kurdi photo

Published 01/02/2016 | 15:11

Ai Weiwei lies face down on a beach in the photograph. (AP)
Ai Weiwei lies face down on a beach in the photograph. (AP)

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has recreated the famous image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi who drowned in Turkey last year by staging a photo of himself lying face down on a beach in Greece.

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The photograph last year of the Syrian child lying on a Turkish beach triggered international outrage as people saw the helpless toddler as the devastating human face of the refugee crisis in Europe.

Ai posed for the picture on a pebbly beach on the island of Lesbos last week for one of India's largest English-language news magazines, India Today.

Ai has set up a studio on Lesbos, the main entry point for refugees travelling to Europe.

His photograph was displayed at an art fair in New Delhi over the weekend and many visitors took pictures of it.

Ai said last Thursday he had decided to withdraw his works from two Danish museums out of deep anger at a new law allowing Denmark to seize valuables from migrants.

The Chinese artist is famous for works addressing human rights abuses, official corruption and the collision between Chinese culture and Western consumerism.

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