On Wednesday, I was invited to Al Jazeera to give a context for Ai Weiwei’s arrest and eventual release. I felt it was important to point out that the Chinese have been using contemporary art and architecture for years as a propaganda tool.

Thankfully, since this aired on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, three of Ai Weiwei’s four imprisoned colleagues have been freed.

The video about is the edited version and the complete original interview is posted here.

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.

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