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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

No Oscars or sensitive art spark Hong Kong censorship fears

(AP) Decisions in Hong Kong not to display a politically sensitive photograph in a museum exhibition and not broadcast the annual Academy Awards for the first time in decades have prompted concerns that Beijing’s crackdown on dissent in the city is extending to arts and entertainment.Hong Kong authorities have taken…
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March 30, 2021
Ai Weiwei

Art is about challenging authority: Ai Weiwei

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Thursday said that challenging the authorities is one of the main purposes of art, as he rejected a pro-Beijing lawmaker's claim that his work subverts the state. Eunice Yung, from the New People's Party, had singled out Ai on Wednesday, as she raised concerns that…
bubmag
March 18, 2021
Ai Weiwei

2 films offer 2 tales ahead of Wuhan lockdown anniversary

(AP) Two new films about Wuhan were released Friday, the eve of the anniversary of the start of a 76-day lockdown in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected. How they were released and who their audiences are stand in stark contrast. The first, a state-backed film praising…
bubmag
January 22, 2021
Ai Weiwei

Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei On Masks, Uighurs and Democracy

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFPWhat is it about Ai Weiwei that makes him so dangerous to China’s ruling Communist Party?  For one, the prolific Beijing-born artist is a symbol of the struggle for human rights in the country. Arrested, imprisoned, tortured and constantly harassed…
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July 29, 2020
Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei: ‘This is a battle about the future’

Written by Vandana Kalra | Updated: June 14, 2020 7:10:43 pm Ai Weiwei left China in 2015 and now lives in Cambridge, UK. (Photo: Ai Weiwei Studio)In a post on Instagram, accompanying a picture of a mask from the Ai Weiwei MASK project, you wrote: “The COVID-19 pandemic is a…
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June 14, 2020