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By Weiwei Ai

This selection of fees demonstrates the stylish simplicity of Ai Weiwei's innovations on key elements of his artwork, politics, and existence. A grasp at speaking robust principles in astonishingly few phrases, Ai Weiwei is understood for his cutting edge use of social media to disseminate his perspectives. the fast quotations provided the following were conscientiously chosen from articles, tweets, and interviews given through this acclaimed chinese language artist and activist. The booklet is prepared into six different types: freedom of expression; paintings and activism; executive, strength, and ethical offerings; the electronic international; background, the ancient second, and the longer term; and private reflections.

Together, those costs span one of the most revealing moments of Ai Weiwei's eventful career--from his dicy research into scholar deaths within the 2008 Sichuan earthquake to his arbitrary arrest in 2011--providing a window into the brain of 1 of the world's such a lot electrifying and brave modern artists.

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On Freedom of Expression

  • "Say what you want to say it seems that, after which take accountability for it."
  • "A small act is worthy 1000000 thoughts."
  • "Liberty is ready our rights to question everything."

On artwork and Activism

  • "Everything is artwork. every thing is politics."
  • "The artwork regularly wins. whatever can occur to me, however the paintings will stay."
  • "Life is paintings. artwork is existence. I by no means separate it. i do not suppose that a lot anger. I both have loads of joy."

On executive, energy, and Making ethical offerings

  • "Once you could have tasted freedom, it remains on your center and not anyone can take it. Then, you'll be extra robust than an entire country."
  • "I suppose powerless for all time, yet I regain my strength by means of creating a very small distinction that may not rate me much."
  • "Tips on surviving the regime: appreciate your self and converse for others. Do one small factor on a daily basis to end up the life of justice."

On the electronic global

  • "Only with the net can a peasant i haven't met listen my voice and that i can study what is on his brain. A fairy story has come true."
  • "The net is uncontrollable. And if the net is uncontrollable, freedom will win. it really is so simple as that."
  • "The net is the simplest factor which may have occurred to China."

On background, the historic second, and the long run

  • "If a kingdom can't face its earlier, it has no future."
  • "We have to get out of the outdated language."
  • "The global is a sphere, there isn't any East or West."

Personal Reflections

  • "I've by no means deliberate any a part of my career-- other than being an artist. and that i was once driven into that nook simply because i assumed being an artist was once the single solution to have a bit freedom."
  • "Anyone combating for freedom doesn't are looking to absolutely lose their freedom."
  • "Expressing oneself is sort of a drug. i am so hooked on it."

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Which is such a pity. (45) o The great success of this system is that it makes the general public afraid of taking responsibility, afraid of taking a position or giving a definite answer, or even of making mistakes. (22) o | 44 | They have to have an enemy. They have to create you as their enemy in order for them to continue their existence. It’s very ironic. (54) o They know too many things they should not know and they do not know some things they need to know. (55) o Not an inch of the land belongs to you, but every inch could easily imprison you.

14) o I’m not sure I’m good at art, but I find an escape in it. (52) | 36 | On his landmark work (1995): I think by shattering it we can create a new form, a new way to look at what is valuable—­ how we decide what is valuable. (14) o Art is not an end but a beginning. (23) | 37 | On Government, Power, and Making Moral Choices Once you’ve tasted freedom, it stays in your heart and no one can take it. Then, you can be more powerful than a whole country. (8) o I don’t feel powerful at all. I am still under this kind of detention, and you know, this is kind of a bail.

14) o I’m not sure I’m good at art, but I find an escape in it. (52) | 36 | On his landmark work (1995): I think by shattering it we can create a new form, a new way to look at what is valuable—­ how we decide what is valuable. (14) o Art is not an end but a beginning. (23) | 37 | On Government, Power, and Making Moral Choices Once you’ve tasted freedom, it stays in your heart and no one can take it. Then, you can be more powerful than a whole country. (8) o I don’t feel powerful at all. I am still under this kind of detention, and you know, this is kind of a bail.

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