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Artist Ai Weiwei takes aim at state violence in Mexico with Legos

15:33 13-04-2019
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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei unveiled a new installation in Mexico that tells the story of 43 students likely massacred five years ago in a case that exposed government stonewalling and complicity in abuses, a frequent theme for the dissident artist, Euronews reports.

The installation features large portraits of the students made from a million multicoloured Legos that hover above a cavernous exhibit space, images that have become seared into the Mexican conscience by grieving family members who often hoist posters with the same images at protests demanding answers for their sons' disappearance.

Entitled "Reestablishing Memories," the work also features a timeline of the 2014 abduction of the trainee-teachers from the all-boys Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College in southern Mexico and the government's widely disparaged investigation into the case.

"Why do we have to do it? Because every crime creates a vacuum and it poisons society," Ai told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.