Ai Weiwei’s book on refugee crisis to be published Dec. 1

The cover of Ai Weiwei’s book, which will be published Dec. 1. Image courtesy of Princeton University Press

PRINCETON, N.J. – In the course of making Human Flow, artist Ai Weiwei’s feature documentary about the global refugee crisis, he and his collaborators interviewed more than 600 refugees, aid workers, politicians, activists, doctors, and local authorities in 23 countries around the world. Ai Weiwei’s book, Human Flow: Stories from the Global Refugee Crisis, which will be released on Dec. 1, presents 100 of these conversations in their entirety.

The interviews provide compelling first-person stories of the lives of those affected by the crisis and those on the front lines of working to address its immense challenges.

Speaking in their own words, refugees give voice to their experiences of migrating across borders, living in refugee camps, and struggling to rebuild their lives in unfamiliar and uncertain surroundings. They talk about the dire circumstances that drove them to migrate, whether war, famine or persecution and their hopes and fears for the future. A wide range of related voices provides context for the historical evolution of this crisis, the challenges for regions and states, and the options for moving forward.

Complete with photographs taken by Ai Weiwei while filming Human Flow, this book provides a powerful, personal, and moving account of the most urgent humanitarian crisis of our time.

Human Flow: Stories from the Global Refugee Crisis by Ai Weiwei, Princeton University Press.
Paperback. Price: $29.95 / £25.00. ISBN: 9780691207049. Release date: 12/01/2020. Copyright: 2020. Pages: 400. Size: 6.5 x 9 in.