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1988 Thompkins Square Park Riot by Ai Weiwei

1988 thompkins square park riot by ai weiwei

During the late ’80s and early 90′s (long before China’s “Big Chill”), Ai Weiwei was a resident of New York City’s East Village neighborhood. At the time, the area was an epicenter for counterculture movements and served as a breeding ground for artists and activists alike. While riots and protests were common, so was violence and police brutality, and all of it was documented in photographs taken by a young Ai Weiwei. Edited down from a lot of more than 10,000 photos, some 227 of these pictures are now on display at New York’s Asia Society Museum from June 29 through August 14.

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