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“More than four years after he was banned from leaving his native China, artist Ai Weiweiis free to travel again after Beijing authorities returned his passport. ‘When I got it back I felt my heart was at peace,’ the artist told the Guardian on Wednesday afternoon, just hours after police handed him back the travel document and informed him he was free to go overseas.”
Read the full article on The Guardian.
Our interview with director Allison Klayman
“Shortly after Ai’s arrival in Berlin, I accompanied the exiled Chinese writer Liao Yiwu to meet him. Liao, who has made Berlin his home since fleeing China in 2011, had never met Ai in China, and the two men were feeling each other out, the polished, cosmopolitan Ai contrasting with the learned but rougher Liao.”
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“One of the most memorable, and chilling, works of art that I saw at the Venice Biennale last year was S.A.C.R.E.D by the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whose largest solo show to date is about to open in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Arranged within the Baroque interior of the church of Sant’Antonin were six large and ominous black steel boxes, each one weighing almost two and a half tonnes.”
Continue reading on BBC Culture.
As the indefatigable Chinese artist marks 500 days of his unprecedented travel ban, The Telegraph survey the key moments in his life so far.
A MULTITUDE OF DROPS
Those who have stood up against oppression and the unrestrained powers of our time.
“Current discussions about art are very much centered on the question of art activism—that is, on the ability of art to function as an arena and medium for political protest and social activism.”
Read the full article on E-Flux.
Despite being detained by the Chinese government, Ai Weiwei delivered an unexpected and courageous statement about his treatment, social change, the power of the web, and his hopes for China. The film prompted a huge standing ovation from the TED audience.
Watch it here.
He has become a symbol of the struggle for human rights in China. But at what cost to his personal life?
Read the full article at Smithsonian Magazine.