Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei made headlines when he accused Danish toy company LEGO of “censorship and discrimination” because they refused to sell him a bulk order of its bricks. Intended for his Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei exhibition due to be held at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, LEGO has refused sale based on its stance against using its products for “any political, religious, racist, obscene or defaming statements.”
In response, Ai Weiwei has taken to his Instagram to post images of political activists rendered in LEGO bricks. So far, the artist has shared over 40 images and will continue to do so, posting 10 images each day for 18 days. So far, he’s shared photos of Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang and Burmese Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi. According to Ai, “What we’re doing is fighting for very basic human values, such as freedom of speech and human rights.”
Check out all the images on Ai Weiwei’s Instagram here.
Aung San Suu Kyi Imprisoned for actions likely to undermine the community peace and stability. Aung San Suu Kyi is the chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), the leading opposition party. She was placed under house arrest shortly before the 1990 general election in which the NLD received 59 percent of the vote, and served a total of 15 years. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Burma
Chen Guangcheng Sentenced for damaging property and organizing a mob to disturb traffic. A self-taught lawyer, Chen advocates for women’s rights, land rights, and the welfare of the poor. He organized a class-action lawsuit against Chinese authorities for excessive enforcement of the one-child policy. He served four years and three months in prison and 17 months under house arrest before escaping to the US Embassy in Beijing. China
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