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Ai Weiwei

Birthdate: 28. August 1957

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist. His father's original surname was written Jiang . Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government's stance on democracy and human rights. He has investigated government corruption and cover-ups, in particular the Sichuan schools corruption scandal following the collapse of so-called "tofu-dreg schools" in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2011, following his arrest at Beijing Capital International Airport on 3 April, he was held for 81 days without any official charges being filed; officials alluded to their allegations of "economic crimes".

„Without freedom of speech, there is no modern world, just a barbaric one.“

—  Ai Weiwei

2000-09
Variant: Without freedom of speech, there is no modern world, just a barbaric one.

„But every penny they borrowed or made from China has really come as a result of how this nation sacrificed everybody’s rights. With globalization and the Internet, we all know it.“

—  Ai Weiwei

interview in Newsweek, 21 November 2011.
2010-, 2011
Context: Today, the West feels very shy about human rights and the political situation. They’re in need of money. But every penny they borrowed or made from China has really come as a result of how this nation sacrificed everybody’s rights. With globalization and the Internet, we all know it. Don’t pretend you don’t know it. The Western politicians—shame on them if they say they’re not responsible for this. It’s getting worse, and it will keep getting worse.

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„A small act is worth a million thoughts.“

—  Ai Weiwei

2000-09, Meet the Most Interesting Person in China, 2009

„We need to get out of the old language.“

—  Ai Weiwei

2000-09, Truth to Power, 2009

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