Social activism and art. Ai Weiwei.

August 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

There are many artists who are indifferent to current situations in politics and society. Thus they not only express their ideas through art but also try to change everything they do not like about the situation. Well, they deserve praise indeed in case they are not doing it to attract one’s attention.

Obviously Chinese artist and social activist Ai Weiwei deserves one’s respect and attention. Even though Weiwei is well known artist world-wide this fact didn’t stop Chinese government to arrest and imprison him in 2011. How come? Once he accused the Chinese authorities of corruption and bribery investigating the Sichuan schools corruption scandal. It was daring indeed. But it cost a lot. In 2010 Chinese officials ordered to destroy his studio located in Shanghai. Earlier they shut down his blog wherein Weiwei posted articles and documents concerning his investigation. At the same time Weiwei was prevented several times to leave the country. How come? Well, they explained it as the reason of national security.

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