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In Their Own Words

Controlled Freedom is No Freedom

about 1 year ago

I think the communists, the ones in power, completely refuse to change.  But this so-called maintained or controlled freedom, which is very evil, will not succeed. And with current economic situation, you can clearly see the state still wants to have great control on this so-called economic ...

In Their Own Words

This Art is Not For Sale

about 1 year ago

I’m a very lucky artist. I never really cared about the market.  And from today on I will never sell one piece of work.  I will feel happy - not only happy - I will feel a great sense of achievement.   Art is not made for sale.  The market is not controllable by the artist.  I think it’s a ...

In Their Own Words

The Fundamental Incomprehensibility of Cats

over 1 year ago

Question: Why do you have so many cats? Ai Weiwei:  I think it’s always a treasure for a human to understand another animal or another life.  And of course we’ll never understand their language and their life, but still it’s such a privilege to live with them.  Question:  Can you talk about ...

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Ai Weiwei: I'm Not an Activist

over 1 year ago

Editors' Note: On New Year's Day, 2013, protests erupted in China's Guangdong province over government censorship of a newspaper, Southern Weekly. In highly unusual show of resistance, the paper's reporters demonstrated in the streets, protesting the rewriting of a New Year's editorial by the ...

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Ai Weiwei: The Price of China's Success

almost 2 years ago

Editor's Note: China’s meteoric rise to global economic power has come at a dire cost to human rights, says artist Ai Weiwei. While onlookers in the West are dimly aware of the massive relocations, political corruption, widespread worker riots, and environmental disasters that have accompanied ...