People stand for photos in front of Ai Weiwei's art, 600 Days of Flowers

The Harm of Censorship

Today’s quote comes from artist Ai Weiwei, who penned an essay for the New York Times on the impact of censorship on civil society in China.

“The harm of a censorship system is not just that it impoverishes intellectual life; it also fundamentally distorts the rational order in which the natural and spiritual worlds are understood. The censorship system relies on robbing a person of the self-perception that one needs in order to maintain an independent existence. It cuts off one’s access to independence and happiness.” – Ai Weiwei.

Large digital images hung on a gallery wall showwork three images of the artist, Ai Weiwei dropping a vase. Women stand and look at the art
Art by Ai Weiwei. Photo: Zuleyka Zevallos.

Quote: Ai Weiwei on The NYT.

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