Posted by Joel Martinsen on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 6:23 PM
Ai Weiwei (via Global Times)
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is pursuing a project to collect the names of the school children who died in the Beichuan Earthquake last May. His blog posts, which frequently run afoul of the censors on his blog host, have attracted the attention of other bloggers and media organizations both domestic and international.
This week he turns up in a number of places:
· The China Geeks blog continues its series of translations of the lists and letters that Ai Weiwei posts to his own blog with a letter of thanks from a volunteer:
· In a feature titled "Naming the Nameless," Global Times reporter Wang Weilan looks at Ai's campaign, which involves a network of volunteers who are visiting schools in Sichuan's earthquake region to collect information:
· Window of the South conducted a lengthy interview with Ai, which he posted to his blog last week. An excerpt:
· Finally, the premiere issue of China Week (中国周刊), a new magazine sponsored by the Youth League, contains a profile of Ai that briefly touches on his past art work as well as his current earthquake activism:
Update (2009.05.06): Also at the Shanghai Eye, as pointed out in the comments.
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