Born in 1957 in Beijing, Ai Weiwei is an artist and architectural designer turned political activist. In recent months, Ai investigated the casualties in the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake in an attempt to document the total number of victims, whose names China still refuses to disclose. In May, upon going public with his research, his personal blog was censored and shut down by the Chinese government. The outspoken artist offered ArtAsiaPacific eight of his “favorite” governments.
My motherland has restricted freedom of speech and crushed human rights for 60 years and…