China’s most controversial contemporary artist Ai Weiwei often uses art to battle against government propaganda. He is currently staging his first solo art exhibition in Beijing, exploring what the country produces and consumes. A web version of an AFPTV report.Duration: 2:01

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24 Responses to China’s Ai Weiwei: battling propaganda with art

  1. ace52387 says:

    He’s a prolific, …
    He’s a prolific, internationally famous artist. Someone will fund his work (by buying it/commissioning it). If you think banning twitter and youtube can be matched by any censorship in the US, I’d like to hear it. He’s a political figure, but obviously not some tool of subversion that the west has planted. Sure western humanitarians help his cause, but not governments. Why would they?

  2. DarkprinX2500 says:

    the dude is a sicko …
    the dude is a sicko.. one of his pics.. he’s nude covering his private.. WTF would anyone want to see this fatass naked.. yuck.. thank china for shutting this pervert down

  3. leredsock says:

    0:59 poor girl. …
    0:59 poor girl. she’s too short to see what the art is about. if only they had a stepping stool.

  4. CharlieALabtech says:

    @DaPhillosophizer …
    @DaPhillosophizer sorry about that, as I was saying,I dont know Chinese media & film well enough(especially film meant only for domestic audience) to pick a good example, but a good substitute would be GDR’s portrayal of the West as a drug riddled,immoral society where mothers dont raise their kids,people are simply left to be homeless, and where women’s rights are trampled on due to constant marketing of thin models. Because average GDR citizens are stuck in the East, it seems plausible .

  5. CharlieALabtech says:

    @DaPhillosophizer …
    @DaPhillosophizer My idea- both China & the West are using each other so that citizens in each think,in the West “oh,well at least I’m not in soul crushing,authoritarian China” or if they are Chinese “oh,well at least I’m not in decadent,chaotic West”.
    Take Z.Liang’s Crime & Punishment-as a Western,it feels subversive-switch locations to US,it seems like an artsy episode of Cops. I dont haveggg

  6. DaPhillosophizer says:

    What about Paul …
    What about Paul Robeson?

  7. DaPhillosophizer says:

    Little do you …
    Little do you groupie’s know that the U.S. is probably one of the greatest forces of censorship, we just happen to do it through corporate control instead of state. Where does this guy get the money to afford such a huge waste of cotton? hmm sounds like somebody with money is endorsing him. I wonder if he questioned American gov’t while he was here? NO. This guy is not as much of a free thinker as you guys think, he has a political bias and is a tool of American propaganda. Propaganda wars……

  8. WORLD8NSH5KNIGHT1 says:

    Wrong. Propaganda …
    Wrong. Propaganda is the Great Firewall- the rigid censorship imposed by the CCP to stop you seeing the facts about Chinese history over the last 62 years.

    The reason brave individuals like Ai state their views outside China is because that is the only way they safely can do. Despite what you think, it does not mean they are anti-China. In fact, the exact opposite is true; They are very pro-China, just anti-CCP.

  9. pervertt says:

    The Nazis had a …
    The Nazis had a special term for art they didn’t like.
    They called it “deviant art.”

  10. yerk3 says:

    Propaganda for whom …
    Propaganda for whom? The Chinese people? Humanity? You have to stop assuming that because someone questions one government, they must support another. Ai Weiwei is a people’s patriot. A patriot of the world.

  11. cgseggal says:

    Ai Weiwei IS …
    Ai Weiwei IS propaganda! And so is his art.

  12. Vukartic says:

    release ai weiwei
    release ai weiwei

  13. blueoystercult22 says:

    miss you weiwei …
    miss you weiwei please go to freeaiweiwei. org

  14. KawaiiHunters says:

    @humenghu Sure, …
    @humenghu Sure, there are other ways to get attention through art, but at the same token, every artist has a different style. Some artists are more bold and others are more low-key, both can be very impactful if an audience allows it to be. I’m going to leave this thread for good now, I don’t feel like putting anymore energy into a discussion that seems to be one-sided.

  15. KawaiiHunters says:

    @humenghu In my …
    @humenghu In my eyes, an artist has the right to express any concept, emotion, or to challenge the people’s view on their own gov’t as long as they aren’t actually being harmful. I have respect for all types of gov’t whether I believe in it or not but I also respect the artistic right to say “fk your mother” through a piece. It makes people say, “why would he say that?” and brings attention to the artist’s ideals.

  16. KawaiiHunters says:

    I see what your …
    I see what your saying. He hasn’t compelled any change, It’s tough for anyone to cause change in China’s gov’t through rebellious art. What I think impresses people about him his willingness to attempt it. I believe he is challenging the citizens’ way of thinking hoping there will be a rally for change. It’s hard for me to answer your question b/c I’m Chinese-American and an artist myself (by profession & hobby) so the way I view things is from that perspective.

  17. humenghu says:

    Well, I do not know …
    Well, I do not know what he did exactly ‘to make political and social change in a government ‘. If you know it, please name one. From what I saw in his work, he just shows contempt to the Chinese government in a pointless manner, this would well be offensive for those who feel proud of being a Chinese citizen and those who refuse to see politics in arts. What would you feel, if one artist of your nationality, ‘artistically’ says ”fk your mother’ to your legitimate government.

  18. KawaiiHunters says:

    I can see why you …
    I can see why you would say that, but think about it this way too: if you went through everything he has in the effort to make political and social change in a government that refuses to make moves on improving things for their people (although I will say they have progressed some, but not enough), you would probably speak very aggressively in your native language too. His speech was soft spoken in English because I’m sure he didn’t want to offend anyone, but wanted to show respect.

  19. humenghu says:

    well this man is 10 …
    well this man is 10 times more agressive when he speaks Chinese, he is so tender and friendly when speaking English. of course people do not understand what he made, I saw what he did in his video clip of Cai Ni Ma (‘f**k your mother’), as a present to Chinese government. It is simply disgusting and mean. He was very arrogant coming back from abroad, showing no respect for any Chinese civil service people whatsoever, as if seeing them as inferiors.

  20. columbiaunited2 says:

    ai wei sen
    ai wei sen

  21. wwwjohnjewelcom says:

    bravo. …
    bravo. Congradulations HEN HOW !

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  23. jerk4990 says:

    … since warhol, …
    … since warhol, chinese art reconnects with meaning through political critique which actually makes the art interesting. this critique is part of the art, not something tacked on to it at the end to compensate for poor formal quality. so perhaps you are right that only political artists are famous but that is because they are the good artists so different from western ones. hope you’re not a fenqing…

  24. jerk4990 says:

    what are “the …
    what are “the actual abilities of the artisits”? are they in the fineness of brush-strokes? the objectivity of representation? etc etc. you make a distinction between “actual abilities”, i.e. formalism, and politics as if to say that the former is what art is and the latter is something else. the reason chinese art is some of the only good art in the whoel world today is because unlike the meaningless aesthetic bullshit that western “artists” haev been churning out every year…

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