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AI WEIWEI

Chinese Artist and Activist
by Petra Marjai on 22 July 2013

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Transcript of AI WEIWEI

HIS COMPANY 'FAKE DESIGN' WAS CONDEMNED TO PAY 2 MILLION DOLLARS OF ALLEGEDLY UNPAID TAXES
AI WEIWEI AND HIS STAFF RELEASED 'THE FAKE CASE' WHICH TRACKS THE STATUS AND HISTORY OF HIS CASE
BORN IN BEIJING
1957
1975
FAMILY
MOVED BACK TO BEIJING
1981
1978
AI ENROLLED IN THE BEIJING FILM ACADEMY.
WITH FELLOW CHINESE ARTISTS THEY
FOUNDED THE AVANT GARDE GROUP
'STARS'
MOVED BACK TO CHINA
1993
MOVED TO
NY
W
S
K
R
O
83598 AIWEIWEI

IS A MAIN-BELT MINOR PLANET
NAMED AFTER HIM
DISCOVERED BY WILLIAM KWONG YU YEUNG
IN ARIZONA, 2001
3 APRIL 2011
AI ARRESTED BY CHINESE POLICE
22 JUNE 2011
RELEASED
JULY 2012
ALL HIS WEBSITES AND BLOGS SHUT DOWN
AFTER 81 DAYS OF INTERROGATION
FOR 12 YEARS
FOLLOW THE CASE:
http://freeaiweiwei.org/
FOLLOW ON TWITTER:
DOCUMENTARY ON AI WEIWEI'S LIFE AND WORK BY ALISON KLAYMAN
NEVER SORRY
http://www.facebook.com/awwneversorry
(CHINESE)
CHINESE GOVERNMENT DESTROYS HIS STUDIO
JANUARY 2011
AFTER HIS ARREST SEVERAL GROUPS FORMED INTERNATIONALLY TO SUPPORT HIM FINANCIALLY AND MORALLY
HIS FATHER,
AI QING
, A KNOWN POET
1958
WAS DENOUNCED BY THE ANTI-RIGHTIST MOVEMENT
AND THE FAMILY WAS SENT TO A
LABOUR CAMP IN XINJIANG
ARCHITECTURE
ORDOS 100
BIRD'S NEST
BEIJING NATIONAL STADIUM FOR THE 2008 OLIMPICS
WITH THE SWISS FIRM HERZOG AND DE MEURON
HE LATER DISTANCED HIMSELF FROM THE PROJECT, ACCUSING THE OPENING CEREMONY COREOGRAPHERS (INCL. STEVEN SPILBERG AND ZHANG YIMOU)
OF FAILING TO LIVE UP TO THEIR RESPONSIBILITY AS ARTISTS.
A PROJECT IN INNER MONGOLIA TO BUILD 100 VILLAS DESIGNED BY 100 ARCHITECTS FROM 27 COUNTRIES
POLITICAL ACTIVISM
FINE ART
SO SORRY
'SHE
LIVED

HAPPILY
FOR
7

YEARS
IN
THIS
WORLD'
FACADE COVERED WITH 9000 CHILDREN'S BACKPACKS
IN HAUS DER KUNST, MUNICH, GERMANY

AI'S LARGEST RETROSPECTIVE
IN 2008, HE STARTED A CIVILIAN'S INVESTIGATION TO UNCOVER THE LIST OF CHILDREN WHO DIED IN THE SICHUAN EARTHQUAKE, KEPT SECRET BY THE AUTHORITIES.
HE AND HIS VOLUNTEERS COLLECTED 5385 NAMES, DOCUMENTING THE PROCESS AND POSTING THE LIST ON HIS BLOG, WHICH WAS SHUT DOWN IN MAY 2009.
DROPPING THE HAN DINASTY URN
HAN DINASTY URN
WITH COCA-COLA LOGO
FINGER
PHOTO SERIES
SUNFLOWER SEEDS
80 MILLION PORCELAIN SEEDS HAND-MADE IN CHINA,
EXHIBITIED AT TATE MODERN, LONDON
FOREVER BYCICLES
MADE OF 1200 BIKES
SCULPTURES
AI WEIWEI
CHINESE ARTIST AND ACTIVIST
THE STORY OF
ACTIVE IN SCULPTURE, INSTALLATION, ARCHITECTURE, CURATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM; SOCIAL, POLITICAL, AND CULTURAL
CRITICISM.
AI WEIWEI FIGHTS
FOR FREEDOM OF THOUGHT.
AS MANY CHINESE ARTISTS ARE SENTENCED TO JAIL, HE KNEW THE SAME COULD HAPPEN TO HIM ANYTIME.
AI WEIWEI
NEVER SORRY
"TODAY, THE WEST FEELS VERY SHY ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE POLITICAL SITUATION.
THEY ARE IN NEED OF MONEY.
BUT EVERY PENNY THEY BORROWED OR MADE FROM CHINA HAS REALLY COME AS A RESULT OF HOW THIS NATION SACRIFICED EVERYBODY'S RIGHTS. WITH GLOBALIZATION AND THE INTERNET, WE ALL KNOW IT.
DON'T PRETEND YOU DON'T KNOW IT.
THE WESTERN POLITICIANS, SHAME ON THEM IF THEY SAY THEY'RE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS. IT'S GETTING WORSE, AND IT WILL KEEP GETTING WORSE."
-AI WEIWEI
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