1000 Years of Joys & Sorrows – Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei has written a sweeping memoir that presents a remarkable history of China over the last hundred years while also illuminating his artistic process. He has long combined both artistic renown and prowess with a political activism that has made him a target of the Chinese authorities. He explores the origins of his creativity and his passionate political beliefs through his life story and also the story of his father, a renowned poet, whose creativity was stifled.
Ai Weiwei lived his childhood in exile because his father was branded a rightist during the Cultural Revolution and he made the decision to leave his family to study art in America. His memoir is at once both intimate and ambitious and serves as a timely reminder of the need to protect freedom of expression.
Hardback. 400 pages.
16.4 cm x 24.2cm x 3.7cm