From Kim McKenzie Galvez: On Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei

Sculptor Anish Kapoor has condemned China's "barbaric" detention of artist Ai Weiwei and has called on galleries to close for a day in protest. Ai - an outspoken critic of China's human rights record - has not been heard from since he was arrested in Beijing at the start of April. Kapoor has dedicated his monumental Leviathan art installation in Paris, unveiled on Tuesday, to Ai. Artists must speak with "a communal voice", he told BBC Radio 4's Today.

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From Yan Liang: Q & A with Norwegian Wood director Tran Anh Hung

"I am a guy who is Vietnamese, living in France, making a Japanese movie. But Vietnamese culture is really deep inside me. Let’s say I enjoy watching Vietnamese women more than others. It’s something like that. I feel that I am a different man when I am in Vietnam compared with France. I feel that I’m not living my life fully in France, I feel as though my life is in suspension. It is not something I dislike, that’s just how it is."

Xue Yiwei's Shenzheners, by Linda Leith

The Shenzhen Economic Daily was preparing a 3-page feature on the publication of Shenzheners, the first of the Chinese-Canadian writer Xue Yiwei's books to appear in English, and I was asked to write about why LLP chose to publish the collection. What follows is the text I wrote, which Yiwei then translated into Chinese.

Gaudy is Good: Bath and Brighton Pier, part I, by Kenneth Radu

Bath is beautiful in the way Brighton is not: sedate façades and iron palings, a vigorous river and splendid rooms, all contribute to a grand effect, the Bath manner, but one longs for the upstart and riotous, for colour.

Author Kenneth Radu on Brighton Pier


 

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