Ai Weiwei: “You’re There but You’re Not Existing”

The CBC program Q with Jian Ghomeshi featured a rare, lengthy interview with artist and activist Ai Weiwei despite tight restrictions on Ai that forbid media interviews. When Ghomeshi asks Ai why he is taking the risk of participating in the interview, he responds, “There is quite a strong need for people in the world to understand China.” Listen to the full interview here:

A rare interview with the Chinese dissident artist. He is currently under a form of house arrest in Beijing after he was detained for 81 days just under a year ago. In his first major North American broadcast interview since he was released, Ai Weiwei speaks candidly with Jian about corruption in China’s judicial system, China’s record on human rights and why he continues to speak out despite the real personal risk he’s taking to do so.