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Ai Weiwei Designs Face Masks With His Iconic Artworks For COVID-19 Fundraiser

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Renowned artist Ai Weiwei is selling face masks with his most iconic artworks to raise funds for COVID-19 relief efforts.

The artist hopes to raise at least £816,000 (US$1 million) for various charities helping those impacted by the pandemic, such as Human Rights Watch, Refugees International, and Médecins Sans Frontières.

The non-medical face masks were produced in collaboration with Guggenheim Museum curator, Alexandra Munroe, and printed by hand at Ai’s Berlin studio. The designs are available in packs of four or 20.

The artworks include imagery of handcuffs and surveillance cameras, in line with Ai’s visual embodiments of freedom of expression or state control. Three of the designs, Mask with Middle Finger, Feishu and Sunflower Seeds, will be up for sale separately.

The face masks are now available on eBay from US$50 to US$1,500.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a humanitarian crisis. It challenges our understanding of the 21st century and warns of dangers ahead. It requires each individual to act, both alone and collectively. It is not enough to reflect on the new conditions and while away the time without fully inhabiting this moment. Actualizing one’s inner need to participate gives life during COVID a new meaning. This is why I am always involved. I refuse to accept any part of life as a complete loss. Our small individual act becomes powerful when they are part of the social response. An individual wearing a mask makes a gesture; a society wearing masks combats a deadly virus. And a society that wears masks because of the choices of individuals, rather than because of the directive of authorities, can defy and withstand any force. No will is too small and no act too helpless. —Ai Weiwei Sales of Ai Weiwei MASK will benefit equally Human Rights Watch, Refugees International, and Médecins Sans Frontières. Producer: Ai Weiwei Studio @aiww Curator: Alexandra Munroe @alexandramunroe Advisor: Greg Hilty, Lisson Gallery @lisson_gallery To purchase and for more information, please visit https://www.ebay.com/aiweiweimask #aiweiweimask #oneformany

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