Silenced Chinese artist Ai Weiwei forced to let art and others talk for him

May 11, 2011

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Ai Weiwei holds some of his 100 million porcelain replica Unilever Installation 'Sunflower Seeds' at The Tate Modern in London.

Since the beginning of the year, dozens of lawyers, bloggers and activists have been detained as part of China's crackdown on the internet-rumored "Jasmine Revolution".

Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, said opposing democratic rights was “a fool’s errand” for China and called the current regimes record on human rights “deplorable”. China responded that its progress on human rights is an objective fact.

The recent detention that’s attracted the most attention is of Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei.

International audiences best know Ai Weiwei for his work helping design the “Bird’s Nest,” the iconic stadium built for the Beijing Olympics. Exhibitions of his work continue to open around the world, including new projects in Berlin and London, keeping his profile high.

Last week, his first public art exhibition in the US opened in Central Park, but he couldn't attend because Chinese authorities detained him on suspicion of “economic crimes” in early April.

Filmmaker and journalist Allison Klayman was at the New York opening of “Zodiac head”, an outdoor public exhibit.  She's been filming Ai Weiwei for two years for her upcoming documentary on the artist, entitled “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”.

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