Abstract

In a memorable opening scene from the 2012 documentary film, “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” the famed artist’s cat jumps from the floor onto a door handle to open a door. The “cat who can open the door” is a pretty good metaphor for Ai Weiwei himself—his art is very much like a magic doorway into contemporary China, and his political struggles have touched on many of the challenges of artists, writers and activists in China today.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-768X
Print ISSN
0037-783X
Pages
pp. 179-182
Launched on MUSE
2016-06-15
Open Access
No
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