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Ai Weiwei: Artist as criminal

— October 2015

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Ai Weiwei taking a photograph of his installation Coloured Vases, Royal Academy of Arts, 2015.  Photo courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photography © Dave Parry

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Ai Weiwei is a nuisance! Following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in which many thousands died, he brought to the world’s attention the deaths of some 5385 students who perished owing to the shoddy construction of their schools and colleges. Then, in 2010, having ironically been accused of failing to comply with local building regulations, his own studio was unceremoniously pulled down...

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