“Today, the West feels very shy about human rights and the political situation. They’re in need of money. But every penny they borrowed or made from China has really come as a result of how this nation sacrificed everybody’s rights. With globalization and the Internet, we all know it. Don’t pretend you don’t know it. The Western politicians—shame on them if they say they’re not responsible for this. It’s getting worse, and it will keep getting worse.”
-AI WEIWEI, ACTIVIST AND ARTIST.
In a feature article from this week’s issue of Newsweek by Isaac Stone Fish, Ai speaks on his recent mafia-like extortion ordeal, the chess game he plays with authorities, the wanton abuse of his associates, and the aesthetic and moral failure of the Chinese state. Though Ai has been too occupied as of late to launch any major new artwork, his engagement with the authorities, just like Kim Kardashian’s recent “72 Day Marriage Debacle”, can easily be interpreted as performance art of the highest caliber.