Ai Weiwei – I think Chinese leadership is…

I think Chinese leadership is trying to tell the world they have another set of…


“I think Chinese leadership is trying to tell the world they have another set of logic or reasoning or values which are different from yours. Of course, I don’t think they believe that. It’s just an argument that’s made when you can’t confront the truth and facts. They really want to maintain power.”
-Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei – This nation is notorious for…

This nation is notorious for its ability to make or fake anything cheaply. ‘Made-in…


“This nation is notorious for its ability to make or fake anything cheaply. ‘Made-in-China’ goods now fill homes around the world. But our giant country has a small problem. We can’t manufacture the happiness of our people.”
-Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei – If we all say the…

If we all say the same thing, then I think the government has to listen…


“If we all say the same thing, then I think the government has to listen. But because no one is saying it, I become singled out, even though what I’m saying is common sense. It’s very essential values that we all have to protect. But in Chinese society, people are giving up on protecting these values.”
-Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei – Censorship is saying: ‘I’m the…

Censorship is saying: ‘I’m the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the…


“Censorship is saying: ‘I’m the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.’ But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word – even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper.”
-Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei – As a person, I was…

As a person, I was born to give out my opinions. By giving out my…


“As a person, I was born to give out my opinions. By giving out my opinions, I realize who I am. As long as I can communicate, I’m not so lonely. If I cannot travel, or do art, or have company, if they take away all my belongings, it doesn’t matter at all.”
-Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei – Police in China can do…

Police in China can do whatever they want after 81 days in arbitrary detention you…


“Police in China can do whatever they want after 81 days in arbitrary detention you clearly realise that they don’t have to obey their own laws. In a society like this there is no negotiation, no discussion, except to tell you that power can crush you any time they want – not only you, your whole family and all people like you.”
-Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei – This week, the world gathers…

This week, the world gathers in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic games. This is the…


“This week, the world gathers in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic games. This is the extraordinary moment China has been dreaming of for 100 years. People have been longing for this moment, because it symbolises a turning point in China’s relationship with the outside world.”
-Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei – I see the Beijing National…

I see the Beijing National Stadium as an architectural project. I accepted Herzog and De…


“I see the Beijing National Stadium as an architectural project. I accepted Herzog and De Meuron’s invitation to collaborate on the design, and our proposal won the competition. From beginning to end, I stayed with the project. I am committed to fostering relationships between a city and its architecture.”
-Ai Weiwei