Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Al Weiwei - still missing

Ai Weiwei is still missing.
A petition calling for Ai Weiwei’s release has been started by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Addressed to the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China (Minister Mr. Cai Wu), the statement reads: 
On April 3, internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was detained at the Beijing airport while en route to Hong Kong, and his papers and computers were seized from his studio compound. 
We members of the international arts community express our concern for Ai’s freedom and disappointment in China’s reluctance to live up to its promise to nurture creativity and independent thought, the keys to “soft power” and cultural influence. 
Our institutions have some of the largest online museum communities in the world. We have launched this online petition to our collective millions of Facebook fans and Twitter followers.  By using Ai Weiwei’s favored medium of “social sculpture,” we hope to hasten the release of our visionary friend.
This petition can be signed here.
Following worldwide protests for Ai Weiwei at the weekend, another campaign appeared on New York’s streets:
Call Chinese Ambassador to the US Zhang Yesui.
Demand the release of artist Ai Weiwei
If you’re interested in supporting Ai Weiwei, please sign the petition here.
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