This photograph is composed of two images: on the left is the studio of Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, and on the right is the land where his studio once stood. Weiwei’s studio, which he designed and built, was demolished in January of 2011 after government authorities deemed it illegal based on building permits and rules. The same government officials who had originally proposed the idea of a studio space to Weiwei were the ones to order its destruction two years later, revealing the political motivation behind the decision.
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