Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gangnam For Freedom - Anish Kapoor and Friends

Leading members of the cultural world gathered at Anish Kapoor's London studio to make a special Gangnam Style film in support of the artist, Ai Weiwei. The film has been choreographed by Akram Khan. Those who took part included artists Mark Wallinger, Bob and Roberta Smith and Tom Phillips, dancers Tamara Rojo and Deborah Bull, Southbank Centre Director Jude Kelly and many others.

Kapoor's film has won support from various human rights organizations, among them, Amnesty International, Liberty, Index on Censorship and The Helen Bamber Foundation. The Gangnam style film has just been posted on YouTube:

" Our film aims to make a serious point about freedom of speech and freedom of expression. It is our hope that this gesture of support for Ai Weiwei and all prisoners of conscience will be wide-ranging and will help to emphasize how important these freedoms are to us all."
~~~Anish Kapoor

Ai Weiwei's parody of rapper PSY's popular music film used handcuffs to comment on the lack of freedom in China. The film was immediately removed from the web by the Chinese authorities.

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