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Aj Wej-wej

Datum narození: 28. srpen 1957

Aj Wej-wej je světově proslulý současný čínský výtvarný umělec, architekt a v neposlední řadě občanský aktivista. Jeho otec je básník Aj Čching.


„Pták potřebuje mávat křídly, aby zjistil, jestli může létat.“

„Without freedom of speech there is no modern world, just a barbaric one.“


„I was in jail 81 days, but after 20 days my brain became completely empty; you need information to stay alive. When there’s no information you’re already dead. It’s a very, very strong test – I think more severe than any physical punishment.
All I wanted was a dictionary, even the simplest one.“
Ai Weiwei

„The natural desire to save a cat is what it means to be a citizen.“

„When human beings are scared and feel everything is exposed to the government, we will censor ourselves from free thinking. That's dangerous for human development.“

„An artwork unable to make people feel uncomfortable or to feel different is not one worth creating. This is the difference between the artist and the fool.“ Ai Weiwei's Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009

„If my art has nothing to do with people's pain and sorrow, what is 'art' for?“

„I call on people to be 'obsessed citizens,' forever questioning and asking for accountability. That's the only chance we have today of a healthy and happy life.“


„When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.“

„At different times I've worked in different mediums. For me, the variation is not an artistic judgment, but a necessary choice. It's just as normal to eat with chopsticks, as it is to eat with forks or hands. Different circumstances call for different tools. I try to express ideas with the most appropriate available materials and forms. Very often the medium comes first, and then my reasons for it. Sometimes, I work with a medium I don't like out of curiosity. It is an experiment to challenge my pre-existing concepts and tastes. I've taken hundreds and thousands of photographs, and it's not because I like the medium. I wanted something to parallel my daily activities, and photography is the most logical way of doing that. I filmed documentaries because the medium reflects real conditions the most completely. I don't think artists should only work with what is handiest and most familiar, because the unfamiliar provides a challenge, and it creates another language. It defines the condition for new possibilities.“

„We are living in a very complex society. It puts me in a complex frame of thinking.“

„A name is the first and final marker of individual rights, one fixed part of the ever changing human world. A name is the most basic characteristic of our human rights: no matter how poor or how rich: all living people have a name and it is endowed with good wishes, the expectant blessings of kindness and blessings.“

„The practice of photography is no longer a means for recording reality. Instead, it has become reality itself“ Ai Weiwei's Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009

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