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Ai Weiwei’s Shockingly Detailed Remake of His Life in a Chinese Prison

Rexy Tseng

The man is Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist known for his political activism and talent for pushing buttons. After spending 81 days in prison for alleged tax evasion in 2011, it makes sense that the prolific artist wasn’t just going to sit back and pretend it never happened. Once released, he set to work with a team of assistants and sculptors to create S.A.C.R.E.D., an installation that gives viewers a very literal look at Ai’s experience in solitary detention.

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