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Ai Weiwei (Beijing, China, 1957) heads a wave of avant-garde artists digging deep into Chinese government corruption through conceptual work. Weiwei uses hangers and other common objects for his political reflections, also implementing precious materials, such as Carrara marble. Despite his criticism putting him on tense terms with the Chinese government, Weiwei was granted the 2008 Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Lifetime Contribution. His original artwork, sculptures, and curations, have been displayed internationally, and the artist continues to expose political injustice through his social media accounts.
““Without freedom of speech there is no modern world, just a barbaric one.” ”
Weiwei's work has been displayed internationally in cities such as Tokyo, Washington, and New York.
Weiwei studied animation at the Beijing Film Academy (1978).
Weiwei was granted the 2008 Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Lifetime Contribution.