Ai Weiwei on artist’s responsibility

Art has to be involved with moral, philosophical and intellectual conversations.  If you call yourself an artist, this is your responsibility.


Today, I still have a big voice in talking about human rights and freedom of speech. I hope I can create a better condition for my son’s generation so that he doesn’t have to put up the same kind of fight as his father and his grandfather did.


CBC, September 2017


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – SEPTEMBER 15: Ai Weiwei attends his landmark art exhibition on September 15, 2015 in London, England. The Royal Academy of Art is showing the work of one of China’s leading contemporary artists until mid-December. Ai Weiwei’s activism in China saw him detained without charge in 2011 for 81 days. (Photo by Alex B. Huckle/Getty Images)