Limited Edition RedBubble Print (series of 500) of four art panels from the 2011 installation piece by Ganriel Pons displayed as one of microWave project’s contributions to the 2011 G40 Show in Washington DC, USA. (May 19-June 17, 2011)
Pons constructed a 10′×8′×8′ shrine commemorating the imprisoned Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei who was abducted by Chinese Authorities on April 3, 2011. (As of time of this post [June 15, 2011] Ai Weiwei is still imprisoned.) View photos from the installation Here.
The installation piece, “Ai Weiwei: 21st Century Revolutionary” is intended to inform viewers of the imprisoned Chinese artist. The work brings to question “what is criminal?” considering the fact that Ai has been the target of camera surveillance, physical abuse and the demolition of his artist studio in Shanghai by the hands of Chinese officials. In late April, the website change.org, which has been petitioning for Ai’s release came under a cyber attack from within China. Ai Weiwei’s vehement criticism of the Chinese government has resulted in his detention, which has led many human rights activists around the world to ask “Who’s afraid of Ai Weiwei?"
Here is a good overview of Ai Wei Wei
The four panels were constructed from collaged copies of news articles concerning Mr. Ai’s confrontation with Chinese Authorities and the world-reknown artist, leading up to his disappearance at the Beijing Airport in April of 2011. Additional text includes scraps from chinese newspapers, hip hop lyrics from Public Enemy,
“Some people accuse some people of crime some people get away with losing my rhymes…”
As well as hand-written “verses” from Pons reflecting on the tragic nature of a society that chooses to banish their most innovative, talented, and socially responsible citizens.