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Ai Weiwei’s Berlin Life Jacket Installation, and More. An art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei showcases thousands of used life vests by refugees from the Greek island of Lesbos, on February 14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Ai Weiwei’s Berlin Life Jacket Installation, and More

The orange vests are wrapped around the pillars of the city’s Konzerthaus to highlight the plight of refugees trying to reach Europe. (Photo: Mehmet Kaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Now we know what Ai Weiwei was up to with the 14,000 refugee life jackets given to him by the Greek island of Lesbos. The artist has adorned Berlin’s Konzerthaus concert hall with the orange jackets and is showing his installation concurrently with the Berlinale Film Festival.

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Last February 14,000 used orange life jackets were wrapped around the columns of the Konzerthaus in Berlin, turning the 19th century landmark into an eerie reminder of the ongoing plight of refugees. According to the International Organization for Migration, during the first six months of 2016 more than 3,000 people were drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea. At the same time nearly 250,000 people arrived in Europe. Produced by the renowned Chinese visual artist Ai Weiwei, this may well have been the most pertinent artistic intervention addressing the refugee crisis. Fortress Europe (short film) Athens Biennale (@athensbiennale) Square banner Omonoia. ARTSPACE. Sallie Latch. Behrakis. Behrakis. Behrakis. World not ours. Samos. On Samos, an Art Show about the Migrant Crisis. “I can’t imagine doing an exhibition about anything other than the refugee crisis,” curator Katerina Gregos told a handful of journalists invited by the Schwarz Foundation to visit the group show “A World Not Ours” at the foundation’s Art Space Pythagorion, on the island of Samos.

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Separated from Turkey by less than 2 kilometres of sea, Samos, like other Greek islands in the north Aegean, has been an entry point into Europe for thousands of migrants and asylum seekers who survived a perilous journey at sea. Since March, when Europe signed an agreement with Turkey to take back migrants from Greece in exchange to the EU’s resettlement of Syrian refugees residing in Turkey and other forms of financial support, the number of new arrivals on the island’s shores has decreased dramatically, with thousands now risking the journey to Europe from Libya instead. Ai Weiwei Receives Backlash for Mimicking Image of Drowned 3-Year-Old Refugee. Ai Weiwei’s controversial photograph that mimics the pose of a drowned Syrian refugee boy was on display at the Indian Art Fair.

Ai Weiwei Receives Backlash for Mimicking Image of Drowned 3-Year-Old Refugee

(Photo: Courtesy of Instagram and @juliet_rouge) Contemporary Chinese art star Ai Wei Wei has again grabbed attention, albeit this time with a questionable decision: to pose as the washed up body of deceased three-year old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi, who drowned after his boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea last September. The boy’s body was found off the Greek island of Lesbos near the town of Bodrum, where Mr. Weiwei’s photograph was also staged; the young boy and his family were seeking refuge from Islamic State insurgents in Syria. Celebrities don emergency blankets at Berlin fundraiser for refugees. A film charity event held alongside an installation in Berlin by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has sparked anger.

Celebrities don emergency blankets at Berlin fundraiser for refugees

According to Artnet, the Cinema for Peace fundraiser took place at the Berlin Konzerthaus, whose pillars the artist decorated – as part of his installation Safe Passage – with 14,000 lifejackets flown in from Lesbos, Greece, where almost 450,000 refugees arrived in 2015 on their way into the EU. Fundraiser guests, including actor Charlize Theron and Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova, were encouraged to don emergency thermal blankets similar to those given to refugees. Διεθνής Οργανισμός Μετανάστευσης: 3.000 μετανάστες και πρόσφυγες πνίγηκαν το 2015. Σοκαριστικά είναι τα στοιχεία που έδωσε στο φως της δημοσιότητας ο Διεθνής Οργανισμός Μετανάστευσης σε ό,τι αφορά στους θανάτους που έχουν καταγραφεί στη Μεσόγειο μέσα στο 2016.

Διεθνής Οργανισμός Μετανάστευσης: 3.000 μετανάστες και πρόσφυγες πνίγηκαν το 2015

Σύμφωνα με τον ΔΟΜ, σε μόλις έξι μήνες έχουν χάσει τη ζωή τους 2.954 μετανάστες και πρόσφυγες, στην προσπάθειά τους να διασχίσουν τη Μεσόγειο για ένα καλύτερο μέλλον. Οι περισσότεροι από αυτούς τους θανάτους (2.526) καταγράφηκαν στη διαδρομή της Κεντρικής Μεσογείου που συνδέει τη Βόρεια Αφρική με την Ιταλία. Άλλα 383 άτομα έχασαν τη ζωή τους στο πέρασμα της Ανατολικής Μεσογείου, μεταξύ Τουρκίας και Ελλάδας, ενώ 45 πνίγηκαν στις διαδρομές της Δυτικής Μεσογείου και της Δυτικής Αφρικής. Όπως αναφέρεται στο ΑΠΕ, ο αριθμός των θυμάτων είναι κατά πολύ υψηλότερος συγκριτικά με την αντίστοιχη περσινή περίοδο, όταν καταγράφηκαν 1.906 θάνατοι μεταναστών και προσφύγων, έως τις 30 Ιουλίου.

Αναφορικά με τον αριθμό των φετινών αφίξεων, είναι αντίστοιχος με τον περυσινό. Documenta 14. Anthi Argyriou.