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The Guardian - United Kingdom | 11/06/2013

For Ai Weiwei Prism symbolises abuse of state power

With an eye to the US spying programme Prism which came to light last week, the Chinese artist and regime critic Ai Weiwei calls for a limit to state power in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: "Even though we know governments do all kinds of things I was shocked by the information about the US surveillance operation, Prism. To me, it's abusively using government powers to interfere in individuals' privacy. This is an important moment for international society to reconsider and protect individual rights. I lived in the United States for 12 years. This abuse of state power goes totally against my understanding of what it means to be a civilised society, and it will be shocking for me if American citizens allow this to continue. ... In the Soviet Union before, in China today, and even in the US, officials always think what they do is necessary, and firmly believe they do what is best for the state and the people. But the lesson that people should learn from history is the need to limit state power."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 03/04/2007

1001 Chinese at the Documenta exhibition in Kassel

In an interview with Henrik Bork, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei explains why he is bringing 1001 Chinese to the Documenta exhibition in Kassel for his "Fairytale" project. "What interests me about Kassel is what happens there to an 18-year-old girl from the province of Gansu in north-west China who grows potatoes in a field. Or with women who belong to a minority in the distant province of Guangxi and who up to now haven't even had a name of their own. They had to be given names so they could be issued passports. They are discovering that names are used for more than being called on by their husbands. All this is currently being documented by some of the best documentary filmmakers and writers our country has. It is this process which interests me most. When it's all over we'll come together for a big party in Kassel."

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