Wednesday, March 30, 2011

1 Ai Weiwei.

(FILES) In a file picture taken on Octob
[Photograph: Joerg Koch/AFP/Getty Images]

Last night's PBS FrontLine documentary on Ai Weiwei was quite the eye-opener.

The man renowned as China's top artist is also one of the country's most outspoken critics. After the Sichuan earthquake of 2008, Weiwei led a controversial campaign blaming the government for the province's poorly constructed school buildings and the disproportionately high number of student deaths caused by the quake. His efforts have earned him a host of supporters (and followers on Twitter, where he is often critical of the Chinese Communist Party) as well as a two-day house arrest, an unwarranted beating at the hands of the police (which necessitated cranial surgery), and a government-issued order for the demolition of his million-dollar art studio.

Watch the documentary here.

1 comment:

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    Really cool photography!