Chinese artist Ai Weiwei recreates Aylan Kurdi photo

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei recreates Aylan Kurdi photo
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has recreated the famous image of a 3-year-old Syrian child who drowned in Turkey last year by staging a photo of himself lying face down on a beach in Greece. (Rohit Chawla/India Today via AP)

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has recreated the famous image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi who drowned in Turkey last year by staging a photo of himself lying face down on a beach in Greece.

The photograph last year of the Syrian child lying on a Turkish beach triggered international outrage as people saw the helpless toddler as the devastating human face of the refugee crisis in Europe.

Ai posed for the picture on a pebbly beach on the island of Lesbos last week for one of India’s largest English-language news magazines, India Today.

Ai has set up a studio on Lesbos, the main entry point for refugees travelling to Europe.

His photograph was displayed at an art fair in New Delhi over the weekend and many visitors took pictures of it.

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