The Organizers of a Major U.K. Exhibition Used My Name to Promote Their Show. But They Were Too Afraid to Embrace My Ideas

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The rejection of Ai Weiwei’s piece called “Postcard for Political Prisoners” from The Great Big Art Exhibition in the UK ultimately made it more meaningful. The piece, featuring a picture of Julian Assange’s treadmill, was a commentary on the sacrifices political prisoners had to make to preserve our freedoms. Although they used his name to promote their show, they rejected the piece because it didn’t fit their themes; Weiwei, however, posits they’re just afraid of the controversy the piece could bring.
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