Last night I saw a very interesting and compelling program called Ai WeiWei: The Fake Case on POV, on PBS. (Friday, October 2nd, 2015) It was about Ai Weiwei, a Chinese contemporary artist and activist and his incarceration in Beijing (81 days for “economic crimes”) and house-bound sentence for a year after he was released. You can watch the full film online here until November.
The documentary turned to his tax case. Funds poured in from sympathetic supporters to Wei Wei to the tune of $1.5M toward a tax bill of $2.5M which the Chinese government claims he owes. Never mind the fact that no one in China pays taxes. The government clearly has an agenda with Ai Weiwei. They fear him.
Please read all about this extraordinary man who lived and studied in the United States from 1981 – 1983. While living in NYC he befriended Allen Ginsburg the poet. Ginsburg was a friend to Weiwei’s father, who was a famous Chinese Poet.
To learn more about Al Weiwei, visit his wikipedia page. In addition, there are many articles online about him. I have seen his work around the world and look forward to a new exhibit in London, that I will see in November of this year. Stay tuned for more about that exhibit.