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Entries in Ai Weiwei (5)


Saturday Video Feature: Human Rights, Gangnam Style

Amnesty UK joins Indian artist Anish Kapoor and artists to put Human Rights into Gangnam Style --- and vice-versa.

Repressed dissidents honoured by the video include artist Ai Weiwei, whose own Gangnam tribute is briefly shown, and Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, whose case is highlighted on Amnesty UK's "Take Action" page.

The video also links to the campaign of the "International Day to End Impunity".


China Video: Artist Ai Weiwei, Now Detained, Speaks Out for Freedom of Expression

A secretly-recorded talk by artist Ai Weiwei in February 2011 for the TED2011 conference --- last Sunday, Ai was seized at Beijing airport (see separate entry) as he was about to travel to Hong Kong. Authorities later said he was under investigation for suspicion of "economic crimes....It has nothing to do with human rights or freedom of expression."


China: Artist Ai Weiwei Detained

One of China's best-known artists, Ai Weiwei, was detained in Beijing on Sunday at the capital's airport, as police searched his studio, confiscated computers and questioned assistants.

Ai, who designed the Olympic Bird's Nest stadium and created the Sunflower Seeds installation for the Tate Modern in London, has been an outspoken critic of the government.

At least 23 people have been criminally detained, mostly for incitement to subversion or creating a disturbance, in recent weeks. Three more have been formally arrested and more than a dozen are missing, including high profile human rights lawyers.

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China Update: Celebrating Ai Weiwei (Despite House Arrest)

EA reported yesterday on the house arrest of artist and architectural designer Ai Weiwei, imposed on the social activist when he protested the destruction of his Shanghai studio.

Despite his detention, hundreds of people visited the studio on Sunday for a "River Crab Feast" --- a word play on the Government's declaration of "harmony" --- before its demolition.

Authorities in Shanghai said the structure had not gone through the proper application procedures, but critics believe that the studio was condemned because of the discomfort caused by Ai's activism.

Zhou Shuguang, 29, traveled from his home in Changsha in Hunan Province in central China to visit the studio.

"Although I heard that Ai was under house arrest, I wasn't scared because as a visitor, I just come to the party to have fun by myself. We are not being investigated by anyone. I don't believe the police will detain us," he said.

Each participant was served with a river crab, and also received two ceramic sunflower seeds, replicas of the hundred million ceramic sunflower seeds currently on exhibition at the Tate Modern Gallery's Turbine Hall in London. 


China: Top Artist and Architect Ai Weiwei Put Under House Arrest

UPDATE 1315 GMT: The Guardian of London reports, "Hundreds of supporters of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei gathered for a party at his condemned studio in Shanghai today, as he remained under house arrest 650 miles away in Beijing."

Chinese avant-garde artist and architectural designer Ai Weiwei is being kept under house arrest for at least another 24 hours to prevent him from attending a party commemorating the forced demolition of his newly-built studio in Shanghai.

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