Leading Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is being profiled on The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos’ blog this week.
Alison Klayman, a Beijing-based filmmaker, has been assisting Ai in chronicling his life online and on film. Her documentary about Ai’s life and work is scheduled for release next year. As depicted in the above video, Ai visited a police station in April in order to file an official complaint about being beaten by local police last year when he was prevented from testifying at the trial of a fellow earthquake activist in Chengdu.
Ai is most recently known for his work on the 2008 Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium, his crusade for transparency regarding the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and for his blunt social commentary through Twitter.