Closing of @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. Alcatraz Island. California. 4.26.2015.

Choices after waking up: To be true or to lie? To take action or be brainwashed? To be free or be jailed?
- Ai Weiwei

In my family's case, all of the above.

My family suffered greatly during the Cultural Revolution in China. My grandfather was thrown in jail for being a principal/educated. The rest of my family fled to Hong Kong piece by piece to escape the oppression. They lost everything. It was then a high priority to flee Hong Kong to escape its eminent return to China by 1997. That is how I came to live in California.

Having been to this exhibit on opening night, I have to say that this show is much different during the day. It feels more hopeful and less haunting.