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Ai Weiwei Speaks
Ai Weiwei Speaks

Ai Weiwei Speaks


128 Pages, 4.5 x 7

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9780141983912

Rights: US

Penguin UK (Oct 2016)

Price: $24.95


A series of wide-ranging conversations between curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and one of the most extraordinary artists alive today

If artists betray the social conscience and the basic principles of being human, where does art stand then? Ai Weiwei—artist, architect, curator, publisher, poet and urbanist—extended the notion of art and is one of the world's most significant creative and cultural figures. In this series of interviews, conducted over several years with the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, he discusses the many dimensions of his artistic life, ranging over subjects including ceramics, blogging, nature, philosophy and the myriad influences that have fed into his work. He also talks candidly about his father, his childhood spent in exile and his criticism of the Chinese state. Together, these extraordinary discussions are an essential reminder of the need for personal, political and artistic freedom.

Author Biography

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist, designer, architect, curator, blogger publisher, and activist who received the Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2015. Hans-Ulrich Obrist is a curator, critic, and co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London.