I guess the title of this is misleading because there isn’t much of an update on what’s been going on with Ai Weiwei himself. There have been people trying to bring his detainment to more awareness.
- Anish Kapoor, a sculptor, has dedicated his biggest artwork to Ai Weiwei. On Tuesday he called for museums and galleries worldwide to close for a day in sympathy for Ai Weiwei.
“I’ve never met Ai Weiwei but he’s a colleague, an artist,” said Kapoor. “In a very simple way he is heroically recording human existence. All he’s done is to record death by administration, death by corruption, inefficiency. I don’t even think he’s pointing that sharp a finger, frankly.”It is more than a month that he’s been completely disappeared. It is a true tragedy. Accuse him of something. Give him a lawyer. Let him defend himself … The state is not threatened by artists.
- Tang Chin aka Tangerine set up a graffiti rally in Hong Kong and is now being investigated by a serious crimes squad. She faces up to ten years in prison. What for you may ask….because she sprayed graffiti that said “who’s afraid of Ai Weiwei?” and having sprayed pictures of him on buildings where graffiti already existed?!
“I have to thank the police for drawing attention to this issue,” she joked. In other words, she’s not afraid.
Read more: http://globalspin.blogs.time.com/2011/05/05/writing-on-the-wall-hong-king-artists-campaign-for-ai-weiwei/#ixzz1M6cITv84
The Chinese government has still not allowed Weiwei to get in contact with anyone and will not release information about why he is detained. Some have said it’s because of taxes but nothing has been confirmed. So many people have been detained because China is worried about an eruption of Jasmine Rallies (like ones in the middle east). And so they detain and question anyone who is going against their government. Hopefully we hear about or from Ai Weiwei soon.