Later this month, MIT Press will be releasing a new book, “Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009,” and the timing could not be better to bring my light on the Chinese activist and artist. The book collects Ai Weiwei’s blog writings and more, much of it “removed” by Chinese authorities.
“In 2006, even though he could barely type, China’s most famous artist started blogging. For more than three years, Ai Weiwei turned out a steady stream of scathing social commentary, criticism of government policy, thoughts on art and architecture, and autobiographical writings. He wrote about the Sichuan earthquake (and posted a list of the schoolchildren who died because of the government’s “tofu-dregs engineering”), reminisced about Andy Warhol and the East Village art scene, described the irony of being investigated for “fraud” by the Ministry of Public Security, made a modest proposal for tax collection. Then, on June 1, 2009, Chinese authorities shut down the blog.”
Available from Amazon.
If you have not taken a moment to read our “Curated Q&A” with Alison Klayman, Director of “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” we recommend it.