artist and political activist, ai weiwei, to guest edit foam magazine
The theme of the issue will be “Freedom of Expression Under Surveillance”.
Since China's most controversial artist got his passport back last July, he's wasted no time in leaving his home of Beijing, which has also been his prison for the last four years. Having spent most of August in Berlin where his son and his son's mother live, he's finally arrived in London, a week prior to the opening of his exhibition at the Royal Academy. He's hung out with Julian Assange, staged a walk through the city with Anish Kapoor to raise awareness of the refugee crisis (happening today) and he's just been announced as the guest editor of international photography magazine Foam.
Fittingly the theme for the magazine's December issue is "Freedom of Expression Under Surveillance." Having been arrested and held for 81 days back in 2011 without any official charges, and his passport confiscated for (unofficially) criticising China's communist government and subsequently being placed under constant surveillance, Ai Weiwei will be the central point of the issue. It will delve not only into his personal life via Instagram and webcam, but also focus on his own watch over the ones watching him…
Text Felicity Kinsella