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In 2014, Ai Weiwei posted a selfie of his leg outstretched, aimed like a rifle at a target, on social media. Immediately, others began to post their own variations of the pose and the “leg gun” went viral. Speculation about the meme abounded, some insisted it was an image raising awareness about gun violence, others noticed the parallel to the Chinese ballet “The Red Detachment of Women.” In an interview, Ai asserted that power was often used in the name of security, but that power was questionable.

Video edited by:
Cui Xing

Quotes:
Body as weapon
- Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist (b. 1957)

Music Credit:
Music from the film “The Red Detachment of Women,” 1960

Artwork:
Leg Gun, 2014

Leg Gun, 2014

In 2014, Ai Weiwei posted on Instagram a selfie of his leg outstretched, aimed like a rifle at a target. Immediately, other individuals began to post their own variations of the pose. Within days, the ‘leg gun’ as it came to be known went viral. Speculation about the meme abounded, some insisted it was an image raising awareness of gun violence, others noticed the parallel to the Chinese ballet “The Red Detachment of Women.” In an interview with the Associated Press, Ai alluded to the fact that power was often exerted in the name of security, but that power was questionable.