The Chinese architect and artist Ai Weiwei is going to travel to the Documenta in Kassel, Germanywith 1001 Chinese people, as part of the exhibition's project "Fairytale". 1001 people from all walks of life, farmers, fishermen and -women, policemen and -women, architects, even women belonging to a minority who hadn't their own names, until recently.
When asked in an interview by the German daily "Sueddeutsche" today, if and why this project was a work of art, Ai Weiwei, who is also a blogger, answered: "It's art, if you call it art ... It was my dream to make it possible for people to travel to the Documenta, to put art in a different context .. and it's surreal in that aspect that China is still seen as a different planet in the West and China also hasn't come to terms in what happens in the West. Therefore I thought, why don't I bring the two together?"
Whatever may come of this project, it sure will attract big attention. Isn't the fear of the East, especially the Chinese people, something deeply grounded in our European minds?