Controversial and contemporary artist-meets-activist, Ai Weiwei‘s astute approach to art has triggered great praise and disturbance across various platforms – a sentiment which can be seen via the provocative film Never Sorry. Recently, London photographer Jamie Hawkesworth ventured into Beijing to capture images of his studio for AnOther Magazine. In departure from the provocative media portrayal, a solemn Ai Wei Wei sits amongst simple, basic belongings in the guarded compound where he is serving his imposed detention. The images call upon a number of sensibilities, from the blissful awakening of spring to self-effacing use of creative space and feelings of entrapment. What are your thoughts?
- James Hawkesworth