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On the Tip of a Wave: How Ai Weiwei’s Art Is Changing the Tide

Written by Joanna Ho
Illustrated by Catia Chien
Published by Scholastic, Inc.

Told in Joanna Ho’s signature lyrical writing, this is the story that shines a light on Ai Weiwei and his journey, specifically how the Life Jackets exhibit at Konzerthaus Berlin came to be. As conditions for refugees worsened, Ai Weiwei was inspired by the discarded life jackets on the shores of Lesbos to create a bold installation that would grab the attention of the world. Cátia Chien masterfully portrays the intricate life of Ai Weiwei with inspirations from woodblock printing and a special emphasis on the color orange, the same color of the life jackets that became a beacon of hope. Through Cátia’s dynamic and stunning illustrations, we see how Ai Weiwei became the activist and artist he is today while proving the power of art within humanity.

Primary ISBN: 9781338715941
Publication Date: October 2023
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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Setting: China

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: In Home Country

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