The chair represented is part of Fairytale - 1001 Chairs - a project where Ai Weiwei installed 1001 wooden chairs dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Kassel, Germany as a representation of Chinese tradition. They encompassed memories of the past in a country rushing towards modernization. Ai Weiwei recruited 1001 Chinese citizens of all backgrounds over the Internet, who voluntarily signed up to live in Kassel for the duration of his exhibition. This particular piece commented on the changing lives of ordinary people, by immersing them in new social, political and cultural experiences. The outcome of this project, entitled Documenta, listed a change in German perceptions and understanding of Chinese people. For locals who had previously been ignorant of Chinese culture and engaged in stereotyping, the project demystified their notions gave both parties glimpses of Oriental and Occidental societies.
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