Virtual Event: Ai WeiWei at the HowTo AcademyHuman Flow: Stories from the Global Refugee Crisis


The legendary artist and political activist joins the internationally bestselling author of The New Silk Roads for a powerful personal account of the most urgent humanitarian crisis of our time.

In the course of making Human Flow, his epic feature documentary about the global refugee crisis, the artist Ai Weiwei and his collaborators interviewed more than 600 refugees, aid workers, politicians, activists, doctors, and local authorities in twenty-three countries around the world.

Speaking in their own words, refugees shared their experiences of migrating across borders, living in refugee camps, and struggling to rebuild their lives in unfamiliar and uncertain surroundings. They spoke about the dire circumstances that drove them to migrate, whether war, famine, or persecution; and their hopes and fears for the future.

Others provided context for the historical evolution of this crisis, the challenges for regions and states, and the options for moving forward.

In conversation with Oxford Professor Peter Frankopan, whose books The Silk Roads and The New Silk Roads offer dazzlingly original account of how our world came to be and where the 21st century will take us, Weiwei will share what he has learned first-hand about the greatest humanitarian emergency of our time.

Don’t miss this exclusive conversation between two of the most accomplished figures in global culture.

Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most prominent artists and political activists. His books include Weiwei-isms and Humanity (both Princeton). His works have been exhibited at Tate Modern, the Guggenheim, and the Museum of Modern Art. He lives in Berlin. Twitter @aiww