Reframe is Ai Weiwei’s major new installation involving two of Palazzo Strozzi’s façades: twenty-two large orange rescue dinghies grafted onto Palazzo Strozzi’s windows draw the public’s attention to the fate of refugees who place their lives in jeopardy every day by crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
The installation, a product of the artist’s personal involvement and commitment as an activist in the refugee humanitarian crisis, offers the city of Florence a major opportunity to use culture to focus attention on the migrant issue.
“I have a strong respect for everyone who is fighting for freedom, willing to sacrifice everything, take a risk, take their children for a better future,” Ai Weiwei explained as part of the motivation for these series of works on the refugee crisis. “Those people are the heroes of our time. I have full respect for them. My work is about showing my clear respect for those people and their fight for freedom. They have been called many very bad names, but they are our brothers.”