Following recent and ongoing controversy surrounding the Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei took it upon himself to remove his works from the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art after his name was removed from the press release by the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China. Now, in an e-mail to the Huffington Post, Weiwei delves into the severity of China’s censorship and self-censorship issues, describing it as “a system that creates absolute power and paralyses society, removing the people’s courage to make judgments or bear social responsibility”. The artist compares the situation to a Chinese saying, “killing the chicken to scare the monkey. Punishing an individual as an example to others again incites this policy of intimidation that can resound for lifetimes and even generations.” Read the powerful, full essay here.
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