1957 (was birth date of)
Ai Wei Wei is prominent as both a political activist and a contemporary artist. He has been highly critical of the Chinese government’s stance on human rights and democracy, investigating government corruption and cover-ups. Straight
(2008-2012) exposed the Sichuan schools corruption scandal, prompting what many believe to be a direct and forceful reaction from the Chinese government. The seeds for his provocative style were sown with his exposure to Macel Duchamp and Andy Warhol whilst living in the New York from 1981-1993, when he began to make his own ready-mades and explore risk-taking through professional black-jack. Later in his career, he began to explore film as a medium. The products of this work include Human Flow
(2017), which considers the global refugee crisis. In summarising his artistic outlook, Wei Wei believes "Creativity is the power to reject the past, to change the status quo, and to seek new potential. Simply put, aside from using one's imagination - perhaps more importantly - creativity is the power to act."