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  • 1. Ai WeiWei

2. Background He was born on May 18th, 1957 His father was a poet He was denounced in 1958 duringthe anti rightist movement Once denounced he was sent to alabour camp with his wife Once they came back to Beijing AiWeiwei attended the Beijing FilmAcademy He lived in the US from 1981-1993 There he studied at Parsons Schoolof Design[10] and at the ArtStudents League of New York In 1993, he moved back to Chinato take care of his ill father 3. Once back in China he Sunflower Seeds was onehelped to establish theof his pieces that containedartists Beijing East Village. one hundred million In 1998 he cocurated the porcelain "seeds,they wereexhibit Fuck Off hand painted by 1,600 A controversial exhibit that Chinese artisanswas an attempt at brining These seeds were scatteredinternational contemporaryover a room at the Tateart to the city Modern Turbine Hall inLondon He has also had numerousother exhibits This exhibit was meant to beinteracted with. Ai Weiwei He also was the artisticwanted people to roll and layconsultant for the Beijingin the seedsOlympic stadium 4. Sunflower Seeds 5. So Sorry In October 2009 Ai exhibited So Sorry This exhibit refers to the apologizes that were given recently by numerous governments,industries, & financial corporations to make up for the tragedies and wrongdoings. In this show Ai put his piece titles Remembering This piece was made out of 9000 childrens backpacks. The backpacks spelled out She lived happily for seven years in this world in Chinesecharacters The idea to use backpacks came from my visit to Sichuan after the earthquake in May2008. During the earthquake many schools collapsed. Thousands of young students losttheir lives, and you could see bags and study material everywhere. Then you realizeindividual life, media, and the lives of the students are serving very different purposes.The lives of the students disappeared within the state propaganda, and very sooneverybody will forget everything. Weiwei believed that the government was corrupt and skimmed money from thebuilding of these schools that weakened the fountains of the schools that collapsedduring the earthquake. These earthquakes killed 80,000 people and many thousands ofchildren. 6. Rembering 7. In 2008 Ai looked more into the earthquake deaths with another artist. They wanted to put alist together of all the students who were killed. In April 2009, the list was at 5,385 names. Aiput these names on his blog as well as numerous articles about the investigation. HoweverChinese authorities shut it down in May 2009. Ai was beaten in August 2009 for trying to testify for another man involved in theinvestigation. He had brain surgery that September for bleeding that was linked to the beating In November 2010, Ai was placed under house arrest by the Chinese police. He agreed to thisto prevent them from demolishing his newly built studio. He was also among many who were not permitted to leave the country to attend the NoblePeace Prize that was being given to a fellow dissident. On January 11, 2011 his studio was destroyed by authorities He was arrested on April 3, 2011 and released on June 24, 2011 who said it was because oftax evasions. In October 2011 ArtReview magazine named Ai number one on their annual Power 100 list.China did not agree with this and put out a statement. "China has many artists who havesufficient ability. We feel that a selection that is based purely on a political bias andperspective has violated the objectives of the magazine".[5] 8. Map of China 9. Bicycles 10. Self Portrait 11. Soft Ground 12. Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn 13. Birds Nest 14.