Petition For The Release of Ai Waiwai
World renowned artist and activist Ai Waiwai has been detained for almost a month after being arrested on April 3 at the Beijing airport. Detained for alleged economic crimes, a term frequently used by the Communist Party as a legal cover for someone considered a political threat. The government has merely denied that his arrest has anything to do with ‘free expression’ and with demonstrations at Chinese embassies all over the world have been made, foreign governments and international rights groups have all demanded he be released immediately. Whilst members of his family, employees and friends have been taken into custody and his studio raided, a petition has been formed to support the artist who has been followed by controversy throughout his strong and highly regarded work. Created by the R. Solomon Guggenheim Foundation supported by the Association of Art Museum Directors; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; Gwangju Biennale, Korea; and the Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de création industrielle, Paris. Most recent news has come that the petition’s hosting website, Change.org has experienced denial of service attacks from locations in China, making the petition unavailable for several hours. The petition is now available again here so please support Ai Waiwai and his efforts to continue his journey as a leading artist.