“The world won’t change if you don’t shoulder the burden of responsibility.”
“How does it feel seeing all these articles about your son?”
"I feel very proud, because he speaks for the average citizen…. [although] I wish he would just be an artist. One person cannot solve the problems of the whole country. But, if everyone ignores the country’s problems, what will happen?”
's mother from Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Chinese authorities have finally acknowledged police action against Ai Weiwei. The news agency, Xinhua, announced that the police are “investigating him for suspected economic crimes,” but according to the Guardian, “the single-sentence report was deleted shortly after it appeared” and it didn’t directly refer to his detention. There is still no word on his friend Wen Tao, who has also been unreachable since his detention on the same day.
Watch Ai Weiwei’s TED film, here.
The latest installment of Britain’s largest contemporary art commission was unveiled at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall this morning: a vast carpet of porcelain replica sunflower seeds assembled by artist Ai Weiwei, each hand-fired and hand-painted by inhabitants of Jingdezhen, the ‘porcelain capital’ of his native China. More than 100 million are said to be spread across the floor of the hall.