Hardback | Dec 2012 | Princeton University Press | 9780691157665 | 152pp | 133x108mm | GEN | AUD$22.99, NZD$27.99
*One of The Village Voice's Favourite Books for 2012*
This collection of quotes demonstrates the elegant simplicity of Ai Weiwei's thoughts on key aspects of his art, politics, and life
A master at communicating powerful ideas in astonishingly few words, Ai Weiwei is known for his innovative use of social media to disseminate his views. The short quotations presented here have been carefully selected from articles, tweets, and interviews given by this acclaimed Chinese artist and activist. The book is organised into six categories: freedom of expression; art and activism; government, power, and moral choices; the digital world; history, the historical moment, and the future; and personal reflections. Together, these quotes span some of the most revealing moments of Ai Weiwei's eventful career — from his risky investigation into student deaths in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake to his arbitrary arrest in 2011 — providing a window into the mind of one of the world's most electrifying and courageous contemporary artists.
Select Quotes from the Book:
- 'Say what you need to say plainly, and then take responsibility for it.'
- 'Liberty is about our rights to question everything.'
- 'Everything is art. Everything is politics.'
- 'The art always wins. Anything can happen to me, but the art will stay.'
- 'I feel powerless all the time, but I regain my energy by making a very small difference that won't cost me much.'
- 'If a nation cannot face its past, it has no future.'
'PERFECT FOR: Dissidents-in-training, Ai fans and anyone with a Twitter handle.' — Huffington Post
'Don't let the size fool you. Ai Weiwei's 'little black book' will leave a lasting impression.' — Sylvia Tsai, ArtAsiaPacific