Treadmill Aluminium is a limited edition print on a glossy aluminium, 1mm thick, with the dimensions of 18x12cm. Available in two versions: 500 exemplars Aluminium Print and 500 exemplars of Aluminium Print Inverted, numbered and hand-signed by Ai Weiwei.
Published by Damocle Edizioni, Venice.
This limited edition print embodies the defense of the freedom of press.
Ai Weiwei designed a postcard in early 2021 to submit to Firstsite’ project “The Great Big Art Exhibition”, and the work was turned down. The image of the postcard is a treadmill, the object sent to Ai Weiwei by Julian Assange when he was taking refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. He was later forcefully taken by the British authorities in April 2019 and is still incarcerated in the UK.
The concept originated from “Yours Truly”, a postcard writing component of the exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz in 2014. Visitors were invited to compose messages of hope to political prisoners whose plight was highlighted in the exhibition.
In 2022 Ai Weiwei started a campaign #RunForOurRights #treadmill by making a video of himself running on the treadmill and encouraging everyone to upload their videos with the hashtags in defense of freedom of press and human rights.
Each edition comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity (COA).