Every given time of the day you will most likely find me on the high streets of 57th, within the walls of the Oak Room at the Plaza hotel in New York City, spending $9 on a cup of Cappuccino and writing articles similar to this one just today, it’s a bit different because outside the Plaza Hotel is a new installation by Ai Weiwei.
It’s called the ‘Zodiac Heads’, and it’s a bit scary I will admit. “Today, we stand in solidarity with the millions of people around the world who are hoping that Ai Weiwei is quickly and safely released,”
These were the words of Mike Bloomberg, while introducing Ai Weiwei’s newest installation to the upper east side, referring to Weiwei’s ongoing detention in China.
“Artists risk everything to create. They risk failure. They risk rejection. They risk public criticism. But artists like Ai Weiwei, who come from places that do not value and protect free speech, risk even more than that. His willingness to take those risks, and face the consequences, speaks not only to his courage, but also to the indomitable desire for freedom that is inside every human being.”
The June 2011 issue of Dazed & Confused is pushing the limits.
Here are the official description from Dazed & Confused.
June’s Global Activism Special concentrates on the struggle for freedom around the world, featuring missing Chinese artist and social critic Ai Weiwei on the cover, and publishing one of his last interviews before he was detained by the government. The magazine also spends a few days with the underground resistance fighters of Burma’s brutal dictatorship, hears street artist JR’s account of his art revolution in Tunisia, and profiles some of the Middle East’s young activists fighting for a new tomorrow.