Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ai Weiwei: Visitation

Lu Qing

As a new Ai Weiwei's show is opening at the Lisson Gallery in London, and following another recent plea for the missing artist by Anish Kapoor, Ai Weiwei's wife Lu Qing has finally been allowed to visit the artist at an unknown location this week.

The Guardian reported Lu Qing met for 20 minutes with her husband, after which she reported "It was obvious that without freedom to express himself he was not behaving naturally even with me, someone from his family... He seemed conflicted, contained, his face was tense...We were careful, we knew that the deal could be broken at any moment."

After missing for six weeks, the meeting might have temporarily relieved the artist's family; however, his location remains unknown and the case has still not been dealt with.

In his report to the Guardian, lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan revealed that Ai Weiwei is currently under "residential survelliance" and not in jail, contrary to other reports. Yet no news has been issued about what charges he is being held under, or the possible length of his ongoing detention.

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