A Practice for Everyday Life

Disposition details two recent projects by Ai Weiwei, Straight and S.A.C.R.E.D., which were exhibited by Lisson Gallery at Zuecca Project Space during the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2013. The works, both politically-charged and implicitly critical of the Chinese regime, originate from the periods prior to and during his 81-day incarceration by the government of his homeland. They engage with ideas of political corruption, misconduct, documentation and deliberate exposure.

The book’s neat, formal layout, manilla-board cover and inserts borrow from the visual language of official political documentation, but within it, the sans-serif language of bureaucracy has been infiltrated with another voice, as characters from a contrasting typeface infiltrate the typography throughout.