Ai Weiwei is a fabulous artist and admirable activist. I posted about him when I first started this blog ( here ) and he is the kind of artist that inspires me!
Truly hoping that this pathetic detention at Beijing Capital Airport, in China gets sorted out soon and that he shows up. We are in 2011 and everyone deserves freedom of expression.
If you want to support him and be updated, go to aiweiweifilm.org/en
See below his current exhibition at Tate Modern: The Unilever Series, running until May 2nd.
Today, October 3rd, is the election day in Brazil, when people are choosing the new president, governors, senators and deputies for the following 4 years.
To contrast with this serious scenario, an irreverent street art stencil (below) was made (by anonymous artist) within the prostitution area of Porto Alegre, in the south of Brazil.
As an irreverent and controversial ‘picture of reality’ we can see the main candidates running for president as if they were offering themselves as whores, since it is well-known that Brazil has a notorious history regarding politics, being one of the most corrupts countries in the world.
Save the arts in the UK is a campaign lead by British organisations and artists to raise awareness and encourage people to sign a petition against the proposed 25% cut in government funding of the arts, to be decided next month.
As said in their own website: “It has taken 50 years to create a vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world. We the undersigned appeal to the government not to slash arts funding and risk destroying this long-term achievement and the social and economic benefits it brings to all.”
Meanwhile, each week, the work of a different artist will be released on their website.
Follow up the news and works and sign a petition here: http://savethearts-uk.blogspot.com/
This week we can see the Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger’s work. He took a version of one of Turner’s most famous paintings and torn the heart out of it, as an mathaphore for what will happen with the UK arts if the government goes ahead with the funding cuts.