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Ai Continues Activism Against China; Government Responds

By Katherine Grube

A photo of a surveillance camera monitoring Ai’s house in Beijing, posted on the artist’s blog in June 2009. 

Courtesy Ai Wei Wei. 

BEIJING — On New Year’s Eve 2008, during a conversation with curator Hans Ulrich-Obrist at Vitamin Creative Space’s Beijing branch, artist-provocateur Ai Weiwei predicted: “2008 was the first year that China safeguarded legal rights; it’s when people started to wake up. But in 2009, I think China will confront greater problems.”

These words now seem unnervingly prescient, given that…

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