Ai Weiwei - currently "detained" by the Chinese authorities.

I’m sure everyone will have seen in the news that the artist Ai Weiwei – under house arrest in China since last October – has been detained by the Chinese authorities, and that fears are growing for his safety. For those of you who might have missed the story, The Guardian has been covering events. Amnesty International as well as leading UK artists like Anthony Gormley are leading the pressure on the Chinese to release the artist as well as other dissident figures.

We’re not used to seeing this happen to artists who have exhibited in the Turbine Hall; given the warmth of the reception afforded his sunflower seeds installation here, and given also that it’s still on display there, it seems particularly shocking to realise that he is regarded as dangerous by his own government.

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