Gangnam Style, the Ai Weiwei way

Ai Weiwei does 'Gangnam Style'. (screengrab)

Ai Weiwei does 'Gangnam Style'. (screengrab)

Ai Weiwei is a Very Serious Artist. With his work, he disects the intricacies of China's history, as well as highlight the failings and abuses of power of its current government.

His recent imprisonment for alleged tax fraud caused outrage from human rights activists within China, as well as others across the world who saw it as yet another example of the Chinese government's brutal crackdown on dissident artists and intellectuals.

Now a free man (well, as free as a man can be with the Chinese government breathing down his neck and a $2-million tax bill hanging over his head), and with a documentary about his life and work currently promoting his story at film festivals around the world, Ai has, apparently, turned his attention to lighter subjects.

Like this.

The pink shirt, the dancing, the horses ... I'm sure it's all terribly symbolic. There are even some handcuffs at one point, no doubt a reference to his brutal treatment at the hands of his government.

Maybe. Or maybe he's just having some fun. Which, after the year he's had, is perfectly understandable.

Lisa Van Wyk

Lisa Van Wyk

Lisa van Wyk is the arts editor, which somehow justifies her looking at pretty pictures all day, reading cool art and culture blogs and having the messiest desk in the office. She likes people who share her passion for art, music, food, wine, travel and all things Turkish. She can't ride a bike, but she can read ancient languages and totally understands the offside rule. Read more from Lisa Van Wyk

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