‘Our movie is a tribute to Ai Weiwei, the artist who is persecuted by Chinese government. It is also a manifesto in fight for freedom of speech’ said British sculptor, Anish Kapoor, who created ‘Gangnam For Freedom’. Together with friends, who work in museums around the world, he danced in a parody of PSY‘s greatest hit, ‘Gangnam Style’.
In the movie Kapoor is wearing a T-shirt with Ai Weiwei’s image and is dancing with handcuffs on his hands and his lips taped. Ai Weiwei himself has also appeared in the music video.
‘Gangnam For Freedom’ was sponsored by cultural institutions such as London‘s Southbank Centre and Guggenheim Museum. Human Rights Organizations such as Amensty International, Liberty and Index on Censorship, were also involved.
Kate Allen from Amensty International stated: ‘This is a thrilling and beautiful way to promote a serious problem in a funny way.’
Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist who has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government’s stance on democracy and human rights. He was arrested back in 2011, without any official charges being filled. In October 2011 Ai Weiwei has ranked as number 1 on Art Review magazine’s annual Power 100 list. This decision was criticised by Chinese authorities.
Check out ‘Gangnam For Freedom’ below. What do you think of this idea?
Article by Karolina
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