Friday, November 12, 2010

Shanghai Ai: Your Seat at His Protest "Crab Fest"

 The reality behind the glittering facade of the Shanghai Expo and China's economic growth is that this is still a dictatorship and those who speak out can pay a heavy price.

"Ai Weiwei's way with words and double entendres may owe something to his family heritage: He is the son of the well known Chinese poet, Ai Qing (a pen name), who was jailed for political activities and was "best known for criticizing the Chinese government through his poetry," according to this account, drawn from the book Censorship: A World Encyclopedia.
Wish you could have attended the protest "Crab Fest" that was hosted in absentia by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei at his soon-to-be-demolished Shanghai studio?"
http://www.artsjournal.com/culturegrrl/2010/11/shanghai_ai_your_seat_at_his_p.html

Link to Vimo video
http://vimeo.com/anxiaostudio



Ai Weiwei Celebrates Dissident Liu Xiaobo Nobel Prize Win 

Supporters of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei have thrown a party at his studio in Shanghai - an event he could not attend after being placed under house arrest.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11705947
www.aiweiwei.com
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ai_Weiwei
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2010/nov/08/ai-weiwei-democracy-china

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