AI WEIWEI — INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST AND ACTIVIST — ON HIS NEW MEMOIR, SET FOR SPRING 2017
Read a quote from one of the most prominent and provocative artists of our time
“I write about my father, his generation, and my own experience, our struggle for individual freedom and self-expression in this old society. I live in a totalitarian society (so did my father), which denies human freedom and values. Eliminating individual memories is an important method that authorities use to control people’s thinking. Therefore, such political culture has made it extremely difficult to write down one’s memory or those of a family. Totalitarianism contravenes human nature and human ideals. The history of totalitarianism is one characterized by the state’s continuous attempts to destroy individual memories.”
For more information about the sweeping memoir from Ai Weiwei, who the New York Times hailed as ‘an elequoent and unsilenceable voice of freedom,’ the full announcement is available here.
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