London’s Royal Academy of Art presents one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year; a survey of the work created by the artist, designer, architect and activist Ai Weiwei, who is renowned for engaging with social issues in China ranging from State corruption, the defence of human rights and the conservation of cultural heritage. Ai’s ongoing clashes with the Pekín regime (in which censorship is commonplace) have cost him both his privacy and freedom as he has been put under surveillance, government restrictions and house arrest. He has also been the victim of assault and even imprisonment under such disparate charges as tax invasion and bigamy. Since his 81-day confinement in 2011, the artist has been unable to leave his own country, yet exhibitions of his work have been appearing all over the world.
Dolores Galindo is a curator and art critic, with a Master’s Degree in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths University of London. She worked as a researcher at the Centre for Postcolonial Studies of the same institution and actually she is doing a doctorate at the School of Arts at Birkbeck College. She often contributes to several art and cultural publications. Her core interests are in the ways in which new paradigms of globalisation are reflected in contemporary art. She lives and works in London.