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Ai Weiwei


Leading Chinese artist, curator, architectural designer, cultural and social commentator and activist.
Ai Weiwei
"Life is never guaranteed to be safe, so we better use it while we are still in good condition."
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"I tell people that because you donít bear any responsibility, you put me in danger. If we all say the same thing, then I think the government has to listen. But because no one is saying it, I become singled out, even though what Iím saying is common sense. Itís very essential values that we all have to protect. But in Chinese society, people are giving up on protecting these values."
Weiwei
"I also have to speak out for people around me who are afraid, who think it is not worth it or who have totally given up hope. So I want to set an example: you can do it and this is okay, to speak out."




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"Antiques exist as evidence of the cultural tracks we made in the past."
Weiwei Ai
"Freedom of speech implies the world isnít defined. It is meaningful when people are allowed to see the world their way."
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"Once again, the facts have been erased."
Ai Weiwei
"I have to respect my life, and free expression is part of my life. I can never really silence myself."
Weiwei Ai quotes
"They [the government] cannot stop people from communicating freely, to get information and to express themselves. When they do that, this nation is not a right place to live. They sacrifice generations of peopleís opportunities. This is a crime."
Weiwei
"Tax crimes should be investigated by the tax bureau, not through secret police detention."
Weiwei Ai
"I am very much interested in the so-called useless object. I mean, it takes perfect craftsmanship, beautiful material carefully measured and crafted, but at the same time itís really useless."
Ai Weiwei
"It became like a symbolic thing, to be ďan artist.Ē After Duchamp, I realized that being an artist is more about a lifestyle and attitude than producing some product."




Ai Weiwei quotes
"One of the reasons religions are widely accepted is spiritual laziness and its resulting fear."
Ai Weiwei
"They have to have an enemy. They have to create you as their enemy in order for them to continue their existence. Itís very ironic."
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"A fine line separates Chinese intellectuals and professors from the political gangsters who protect them."
Weiwei Ai
"Life is art. Art is life. I never separate it. I donít feel that much anger. I equally have a lot of joy."
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"In China, there is a long history of the government not revealing information, so itís difficult for the Chinese people to ever know the truth. It is vital that we try to bring that truth to life."
Ai Weiwei
"They [the government] really want to maintain power. At the same time, they refuse to communicate. They refuse to have good intentions. They refuse to be sincere. How can that last?"
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"I think itís a responsibility for any artist to protect freedom of expression and to use any way to extend this power."
Ai Weiwei
"Today, the West feels very shy about human rights and the political situation. Theyíre in need of money. But every penny they borrowed or made from China has really come as a result of how this nation sacrificed everybodyís rights. With globalization and the Internet, we all know it. Donít pretend you donít know it. The Western politiciansóshame on them if they say theyíre not responsible for this. Itís getting worse, and it will keep getting worse.Ē
Weiwei Ai
"Once youíve tasted freedom, it stays in your heart and no one can take it. Then, you can be more powerful than a whole country."


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