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Ai Weiwei

(From the Other Side of the Glass)

by ANDREW COHEN

Ai Weiwei with his son Ai Lao, on the artist's site-specific installation Sunflower Seeds (2010)

 at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, 2010. Courtesy AW Asia, New York. 

It was inevitable: the scent of jasmine blowing east incited China’s government to arrest Ai Weiwei amid its fiercest crackdown on dissent in two decades. After three years of censoring Ai’s work, bashing in his head and placing him under house arrest while demolishing his Shanghai studio, the authorities abducted him at Beijing Capital…

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