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Ai Weiwei ( EYE way-WAY; Chinese: 艾未未; pinyin: Ài Wèiwèi, IPA: [âɪ wêɪ.wêɪ]; born 28 August 1957) is a Chinese contemporary artist, documentarian, and activist. Ai grew up in the far northwest of China, where he lived under harsh conditions due to his father's exile. As an activist, he has been openly critical of the Chinese Government's stance on democracy and human rights. He investigated government corruption and cover-ups, in particular the Sichuan schools corruption scandal following the collapse of "tofu-dreg schools" in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In April 2011, Ai Weiwei was arrested at Beijing Capital International Airport for "economic crimes," and detained for 81 days without charge. Ai Weiwei emerged as a vital instigator in Chinese cultural development, an architect of Chinese modernism, and one of the nation's most vocal political commentators. Ai Weiwei encapsulates political conviction and poetry in his many sculptures, photographs, and public works. Since being allowed to leave China in 2015, he has lived in Portugal, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
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Attended the Beijing Film Academy, then the Art Students League and Parsons School of Design in New York City, from 1981. He returned to China in 1993. He was editor and publisher of art magazines Black Paper, White Paper, and Gray Paper in the mid-1990s, and has been active in the fields of architecture, landscape design, and city planning, as well as constructing works that are more accurately described as sculptural installations.
Artist, Architect, Curator, Designer, Publisher, Landscape Architect, Conceptual Artist, Installation Artist, Object Artist, Sculptor
Ai Weiwei, 艾未未, Weiwei Ai, Ai Wei Wei, Wei-wei Ai
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