Citizenship

Love the Future

Love the Future/Chinese Cosulate, New York City; Studies in Perspective after Ai Weiwei('s disappearance)

Love the Future/Chinese Cosulate, New York City; Studies in Perspective after Ai Weiwei('s disappearance)

In China, the state tightly controls the internet. Chinese citizens can’t access Google, Facebook, or Twitter. Any searches with Ai Weiwei’s name are terminated, as the artist explained in a prescient interview with Dan Rather shot just 10 days before his unlawful detention and disappearance on April 3.

To skirt censors, Chinese citizens have adopted the code-phrase, Love the Future (愛未來), which is similar to Ai’s name (艾未未) in Chinese.

“Love the Future” has many interpretations. It’s an affirmation, a progressive rallying cry, an admonishment to the repressive Chinese government to fear not its own courageous activists, a call to change.

The above photo is inspired by this declaration, Ai’s courage, and his Studies in Perspective photographs.

Love the Future! Release Ai Weiwei and all unlawfully detained activists immediately.

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