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.
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.