Authorities in China Demolish Ai Weiwei's Studio

 Ai Weiwei, Dog's head sculpture, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, 2011
Ai Weiwei, Dog's head sculpture, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, 2011
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Authorities in China razed the art studio of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei over the weekend.

A longtime critic of the Chinese government, Ai was quick to repsond to the destruction of his space on Instagram.

"Farewell," Ai wrote. "They started to demolish my studio 'Zuoyuo' in Beijing with no precaution."

The neighborhood is being redeveloped, according to authorities and reported by AFP.

Ai summed up the loss: "Works were damaged due to the unannounced attack on the studio. There was no caution taken. However, compared to the memories which have been lost, compared to a society which has never established trust in the social order, a trust in the rule of law, or a trust in any kind of unity in defending the rights of its people, what has been lost at my studio is insignificant, and I don't even care. There are profoundly deeper and wider ruins in this deteriorating society where the human condition has never been respected."

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