Every now and then I am introduced to an artist, activist and domestic critic that leaves me with complex emotions that range from admiration to goose-bump fueled inspiration.
Watching Never Sorry, the story of Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous international artist, did this. It left me in awe of the bravery required to stand up against strict censorship, and the price one too often has to pay for this. In Ai’s case the Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.
Recently Ai Weiwei released a video for his single Dumbass: Ai Weiwei, which he says is a way of venting the trauma he experienced while held in detention by the state. The Guardian have covered the story well and I recommend that you read their post for more background.
If you have a conscience about the world and a desire to stand up and fight for the freedom of all, believe in the unity of expression through art and could do with a hero, I urge you to watch this. And then think of similar ways to make an impact. I am.