Ai Weiwei rekonstruerar som del av ett konstprojekt förhållandena under perioden då han var frihetsberövad.

One Recluse

I juni 2008 tog Yang Jia med sig en kniv, hammare, gasmask, pepparspray, handskar och molotovcocktails in till en polisstation i Zhabei och dödade sex poliser, samt skadade en polis och en vakt. Han greps på plats, och åtalades därefter för överlagt mord.
Under de följande sex månaderna, medan Yang Jia var gripen och rättegångar hölls, försvann hans mor oförklarligt.

One Recluse är en dokumentärfilm som spårar tragedins orsaker och motivering, och undersöker en rättegångsprocess fylld av tvivelaktiga mörkläggningar och beslut. Filmen ger en inblick i hur ett regeringskontrollerat rättsväsende kan fungera och hur det påverkar medborgarnas liv.

Ordos 100 är ett projekt curerat av Herzog & de Meuron och Ai Weiwei.
I januari 2008 samlades 100 arkitekter från 27 länder i staden Ordos i provinsen Inre Mongoliet i Kina. De var utvalda att delta och utforma var sin villa på 1000 kvadratmeter att byggas i en ny stadsdel i Ordos.

Ai Weiwei in conversation

Ai Weiwei – Katie Hill Interview
Tate Modern

För större bild, starta filmen och klicka sedan på symbolen i nedre högra hörnet i videorutan.”

Kina berättar

Möte med Ai Qing – berömd kinesisk poet (1910-1996); Ai Weiwei’s far.
Dokumentärfilm av Lars Helander
© Sveriges Television 1988, 2012

För större bild, starta filmen och klicka sedan på symbolen i nedre högra hörnet i videorutan.


Uppläsning av namn på skolbarn som dog i jordbävningen i Sichuan 2008. Ai Weiwei och människorättsaktivister undersökte och kritiserade tjänstemäns hantering av information kring de elever som föll offer i Sichuan-katastrofen. Det förmodades att korruption resulterat i dåliga byggnadskonstruktioner. Listan över elevernas namn publicerades till en början på Ai Weiwei’s blogg, men togs upprepade gånger bort av internetcensuren.

Lyssna till uppläsningen av namnen här:


Blogginlägg 3 Maj 2011
Love the Future: Take to the Streets
A protester brought a “Grass Mud Horse” (a Chinese Internet meme widely used as symbolic defiance of the widespread Internet censorship in China) to the protest. “Grass Mud Horse” appeared many times in Ai Weiwei’s art creations.

Läs de många diversifierade artiklarna om Ai Weiwei på Designbooms websida.

Haus der Kunst
On the occasion Ai Weiwei
Art, Dissidence and Resistance
Panel Discussion
Haus Der Kunst, München, 27 juli 2011

Bildningsbyråns Anna Maria Höglund träffar Ai Weiwei i hans bostad i Peking. I den halvtimmeslånga intervjun resonerar Ai Weiwei kring hur konstnärens och aktivistens roller kan samsas i samma kropp, om jordbävningskatastrofen i Sichuan 2008 och om hur bilden av det moderna kinesiska samhället är en bluff.

Det filmade samtalet mellan Tessa Praun och Ulrich Wilmes,
Bio Rio, 21 februari, 2012

Ai Weiwei

Four years after designing the spectacular Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing, the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei are to reunite for a London 2012 project.

1983-4-057-15 Ai Weiwei Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Ai Weiweis 10 år i East Village.


Person of the Year, Runner up. For 81 days last spring and summer, Ai Weiwei was China’s most famous missing person.

The New Yorker

The branches are bare outside Ai Weiwei’s house this time of year, which leaves the police cameras bulging from the lampposts like overripe coconuts.

Art Radari Asia

“Ai Weiwei absent”, organised by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM), wrapped up on 29 January 2012 after a three-month-long run. It was the artist’s first solo exhibition in the Chinese-speaking world and contained works dating from 1983 to 2011.

"Say what you say plainly, and then take responsibility for it."
"Creativity is the power to reject the past, to change the status quo, and to seek new potential."

Ai Weiwei detained. Here is his TED film

Ai Weiwei with Milk Interviews
"Choices after waking up: To be true or to lie? To take action or be brainwashed? To be free or be jailed?"

Ai Weiwei: Sunflower seeds

Ai Weiwei: Disturbing The Peace

Last year, Ai Weiwei dissapeared for 81 days.
Here is a timeline of the events from the organization Free Ai Weiwei.

Louisiana Talks: Ai Weiwei

Download Aram Bartholl’s Free Ai Weiwei-glasses here.

Submit a nude photo to the online project ‘Ai Wei Fans Nudity’ and show the Chinese government that nudity is not pornography.


He filled Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall with sunflower seeds and campaigned against corruption. Then China’s most provocative artist disappeared. Hari Kunzu describes Ai Weiwei, the dissident artist, in The Guardian.


The more he is harassed by his government, the more Ai Weiwei becomes a symbol of activism in China. But how much longer can he continue to speak out? Tania Branigan speaks with Ai Weiwei in The Guardian.


What is daily life like for China’s most famous dissident artist? Since his nearly three-month detention last spring, Ai Weiwei has been heroized in the West. But in the People’s Republic, he remains curatorially untouchable, legally restricted to Beijing and embroiled in a $2.4 million “tax evasion” dispute. J.J. Camille visits Ai Weiwei at home.

As Ai Weiwei’s profile and the politicisation in his work has grown, it has become harder for him to live and work in China. In 2009 he underwent major surgery following a serious assault by police. William Oliver interviews Ai Weiwei in Dazed on the age of craziness.

The Chinese government slapped artist Ai Weiwei — one of China’s most famous dissidents — with a $2.4 million tax bill. The move was widely seen as punishment for Ai’s relentless criticism of the Communist Party. Since then, in an outpouring of support rarely seen for a government critic, thousands of people have loaned Ai nearly $1 million to help pay the fine. Frank Langfitt reports.

The Epoch Times

“I lost all connection with the outside world and was immersed in a world of darkness. I was scared that my existence would fade silently; no one knew where I was, and no one would ever know. I was just like a small soybean, once fallen to the ground, it rolls into a crack in the corner. Being unable to make any sounds, it will forever be forgotten.” By Veronica Wong and Gisela Sommer report on Ai Weiweis mental torment in captivity.


For months Ai Weiwei, who was detained by Chinese authorities in the spring and released under close surveillance in June, has been limited in his travel and communications with the outside world. But recently he was able to escape, at least digitally, and even to make new work in another country. Malena Ryzik explains how in The New York Times.

”I see what kind of hopes, what kind of worries, what kind of frustrations… and waiting, and anticipating… then the dream, then imagination, then… maybe surprise. This of course reflects a great number of social, political and economic factors, because we often have to ask who we are.” Nataline Colonnello speaks with Ai Weiwei about the Fairytale project at Documenta 12 in Kassel 2007.

In a gritty industrial space in the city’s Chai Wan district, 50 Hong Kong artists are speaking out against Ai’s detention in a non-selling exhibition called ”Love the Future.” In Mandarin, it reads as ”Ai Wei Lai,” a pun on ”Ai Wei Wei” and a code name used by the artist’s online supporters when he first went missing. Kristie Lu Stout reports.

If you’re not one of his 110,000 Twitter followers, you may never have heard of Ai Weiwei. But the architect who designed the Bird’s Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 has become one of China’s most noted political dissidents and online activists. By John D. Sutter for CNN.


Ai Weiwei describes the interconnectedness of his work and his activism, saying, “An individual who makes an effort can make an impact.” This was not Ai Weiwei’s conclusion, but his invitation. Christian L. Frock on Secondary Protest Strategies.

Ai Weiwei: In the moment time I don’t had any other paint

Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai Studio (from Never Sorry)

Wen Tao, Journalist, Missing Since April 3 2011 (from Never Sorry)

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – Teaser

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. Director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

-Ai Weiwei in Conversation

-TateShots: Ai Weiwei, one-to-one

-TateShots: Ai Weiwei in NYC

Political Awareness and Birth of Chinese Avant-garde

The Olympics Was a Strange, Surreal Nightmare

Winners and Losers