Ai Weiwei is a controversial social activist and artist. Since 2011, when he was secretly detained by the Chinese police and interrogated for 81 days, he has not been allowed to leave the courtyard of his home without permission from the police. After his detainment and house arrest, demolition crews came to his Shanghai studio and destroyed the building. They did it during the middle of the night and Weiwei has said, “they wanted to demolish it overnight without us finding out because they were worried the demolition would attract attention.” This photograph pays homage to the wrong doing that Weiwei was caused when his studio was flattened without warning.
Ai WeiWei is widely recognised as the most culturally influential artist of his generation. Unyielding in his criticism of the Chinese government’s stance on democracy and human rights, Ai WeiWei produces critically engaging works that are both historically significant and incredibly executed.
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