“Is this about the way we look at China? Do we see a label that says ‘Made in China’ and inwardly shrug at the thought of millions of faceless factory workers? Or about Chinese-government censorship, so much in the news following the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo? Do we see those oppressed or killed under the regime of Chairman Mao, cut off before they could grow, or a city full of immensely skilled crafts-people, whose skills are no >longer needed in mass-industrialized China? All this, yes, and more.”
Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds will be at the Tate Modern through 2011.