Ai Weiwei: Why does he make Chinese authorities nervous?
The famous Chinese artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei hasn’t been heard from since his arrest Sunday by Chinese authorities.
He mocks and criticizes artists who support the government.
Ai is also on the outs with Chinese artists who have opted to toe the government line. He told the Financial Times that art can either “work to encourage individual strength, to encourage consciousness,” or it can be “part of state power.” “To glorify this kind of totalitarian society, I think is shameful,” he said.
He called the 2008 Olympic games “propaganda” and accused the artists involved in the opening ceremony, including directors Steven Spielberg and Zhang Yimou, of disregarding their responsibilities as artists.