Ai Weiwei. Artist and human hights activist. Globally renowned for his political artworks. .
"I’m part of the change, and the world is always changing. As an artist, I try to find a way to manage this change. I’ve been imprisoned, beaten, and accused of many things, but I don’t think of it as “suffering for my art”. I never chose those things – what happens simply happens. If you do something provocative, that kind of thing can happen. It’s not a rare thing in China – lots of people there suffer a great deal worse than I have. In fact, my own fate could be thought to be most fortunate – after all, I was released after five years, and I’m still around to sit down and be interviewed like this. Do I think an artist has a responsibility? I’d say human beings have a responsibility."
Photo: Albert Wiking
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