artistic freedom

Hong Kong to Begin Politically Censoring Films

Hong Kong’s film censors have been instructed to begin censoring films on national security grounds, making the city’s vaunted film industry the latest victim of spreading political censorship under the Hong Kong...

Artist Zhao Zhao: ‘I Try To Resist Being Tamed’

Last year, a number of works by the artist Zhao Zhao were confiscated by Chinese customs officials on their way to an exhibition in New York. On Friday, a new exhibition of his work opened in Berlin, with the artist in...

China’s “Great Global Thinkers” for 2012

As the season of lists gets underway, Foreign Policy has released its ranking of the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012. Fresh from his coronation as GQ magazine’s Rebel of the Year, and leading the Chinese contingent at...

Ai Weiwei Protege Zhao Zhao Under Pressure

At Spiegel Online, Ulrike Knöfel profiles provocative Beijing artist Zhao Zhao and two of the gallery owners who have backed him. A former assistant to Ai Weiwei, Zhao appears in the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry in a...

Ai Weiwei: ‘Why Do They Still Have to Spy on Me?’

The Globe and Mail’s Mark MacKinnon talks to Ai Weiwei about pressure from the authorities, its effect on his art, and his ongoing state of heavily restricted freedom which, MacKinnon writes, “could only be possible...

A Filmmaker Walks a Line

The New York Times profiles Zhang Yimou, whose recent work, including the just-released Flowers of War, has earned him criticism for sticking too close to the party line: In the first part of his career, Mr. Zhang made beautiful...

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