Economic inequality underlies the Hong Kong protests. This and more, today at China Digital Times.
Photo of the Day: With Wind - @LARGE: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz by Samuel Wade
Ai Weiwei used 1.2 million LEGO bricks to create intricate portraits of prisoners of conscience for @Large, his new exhibition held in partnership with the FOR-SITE Foundation on the island of Alcatraz. The LEGO portraits, titled Trace, engages with the former prison’s history while raising questions about freedom of expression and human rights.
Ai Weiwei’s passport has been confiscated, so he can’t see his Alcatraz exhibition himself. But he managed a cameo on CCTV last month.
Cartoonist Badiucao offers a comment on Ai Weiwei’s surprise appearance on a CCTV-1 late night sketch show last week. While the appearance was brief—Ai uttered no more than three words—Badiucao sees the high-profile dissident’s image making it on to state television as akin to flipping the Party the bird. Watch Ai’s appearance here.