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Trace Prisoners of Conscience Biographies

Ai Weiwei selected the individuals depicted in Trace based on information provided by Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, as well as independent research by the artist’s studio and the FOR-SITE Foundation. Initial research was completed in June 2014 and was updated in April 2017 for the Hirshhorn’s exhibition Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn. More information about the prisoners of conscience in “Ai Weiwei: Trace in Chicago” can be found on the FOR-SITE Foundation website.


Ai, Weiwei, and Lee Ambrozy. Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds. London: Tate Publishing, 2010.


Lepik, Andres, and Reto Geiser. Ai Weiwei: Art, Architecture. Edited by Ai Weiwei and Yilmaz Dziewior. Bilingual edition. Köln: Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2011.


Ai, Weiwei and Deborah E. Horowitz. Ai Weiwei: According to What? = Ai Weiwei. Washington, D.C. : Tokyo : Munich ; New York: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden ; Mori Art Museum ; DelMonico Books-Prestel, 2012.


Ai, Weiwei, Lionel Bovier, and Salome Schnetz. Ai Weiwei: Fairytale, a Reader. Zürich, Switzerland: JRP/Ringier, 2012.


Rykwert, Joseph, Herzog & De Meuron, Ai Weiwei, and Julia Peyton-Jones. Herzog & de Meuron / Ai Weiwei: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist. London: Walther König, Köln, 2012.


Sievernich, Gereon, ed. Ai Weiwei: Evidence. Munich ; New York: Prestel, 2014.


Spalding, David, ed. At Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2015.


Ai, Weiwei, Tim Marlow, Adrian Locke, and John L. Tancock. Ai Weiwei. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2015.


Pera, Rosa, Ai Weiwei, and Llucià Homs. Ai Weiwei: On the Table. Mul edition. Barcelona : Madrid: La Fábrica, 2015.


Galansino, Arturo, ed. Ai weiwei LIBERO. Florence: Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, 2016.


Weiwei, Ai, Karen Smith, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Bernhard Fibicher. Ai Weiwei. Contemporary Artists. London ; New York: Phaidon, 2009.


Siemons, Mark and Ai Weiwei. Ai Weiwei: So Sorry. Prestel, 2009.


Weiwei, Ai. Ai Weiwei: New York 1983-1993. Berlin: Distanz, 2011.


Weiwei, Ai, and Susan Delson. Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals. Munich ; London ; New York: Prestel, 2011.


Weiwei, Ai. Ai Weiwei: Spatial Matters – Art Architecture and Activism. Edited by Anthony Pins and An Xiao Mina. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2014.


Weiwei, Ai. Ai Weiwei: Disposition. London: Walther König, Köln, 2014.


Holzwarth, Hans Werner. Ai Weiwei. Cologne: Taschen, 2016.



Ai, Weiwei, and Lee Ambrozy. Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009. The MIT Press Writing Art Series. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2011.


Ai, Weiwei, and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Ai Weiwei Speaks. Penguin Special. London: Penguin, 2011.


Ai, Weiwei, and Larry Warsh. Weiwei-Isms. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 2013.


Martin, Barnaby. Hanging Man: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei. First American edition. London: Faber and Faber, Inc, 2013.