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Ai Weiwei Poster

Biography

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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 28 August 1957Beijing, China

Mini Bio (1)

Ai Weiwei was born on August 28, 1957 in Beijing, China. He is a director and producer, known for Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012), Fairytale (2008) and Ai Weiwei's Appeal ¥15,220,910.50 (2014). He is married to Lu Qing.

Spouse (1)

Lu Qing (? - present)

Trivia (5)

Son of poet Ai Quing (1910-1996).
Lived in the US from 1981 to 1993.
From 1978 attended the Beijing Film Academy with Kaige Chen and Yimou Zhang.
Being one of China's leading artists and architectural designers, he was the artistic consultant for the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics, also known as the "Bird's Nest".
One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. (2012).

Personal Quotes (6)

What surprises me is that this society, which is developing at such a rapid rate today, still has the most barbaric and backward legal system. I think it's a bad omen.
The American experience influenced my understanding of individuality, basic human rights, freedom of expression and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
On June 22 [2012], the end date of my one year period of probation, the police told me, 'Your case is closed. You're a free man. We have nothing to charge you with because you behaved very well this year', which I admit was a surprise. I think I violated very rule they set, but you can see their attitude was to be finished. Maybe it became clear to them that we are not an agent of any foreign interest group that wanted to subvert state power.
For me, I think the most important freedom is to think freely. That is essential for a human being and also a very basic right that everybody should have. It doesn't matter what country or what political system you live in. In China we are far behind. We don't have the very basic right to vote, we have no way to express ourselves through media. We cannot really participate in any kind of political discussions or show our opinions to influence any social-political decision-making. That means we don't have very essential conditions for individuals or citizens to be free.
There is no outdoor sport as graceful as throwing stones at a dictatorship.
When I was arrested, the guards would often ask me to sing songs, but because I wasn't familiar with music, I was embarrassed. All I could sing was Chinese People's Liberation Army songs.

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