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Ai Weiwei Rocks Gagnam Style, Guest Edits New Statesman

Over the past several months, Ai Weiwei and his legal team have continued to fight the tax evasion charges that saddled him with 15 million yuan ($2.4 million) in fines. The artist recently lost his second and final appeal. “We’ve been making a lot of effort getting our evidence, documenting our company’s financial activities,” he told CNN on the day of the latest court ruling. “And the court didn’t really show any hard evidence today to convict us. They’re openly violating the law by infringing on tax payers’ basic rights and ignoring lawful requests time and time again.” Nonetheless, Ai’s work—and play—continue apace. A video (below) shows him rocking Gagnam style dance moves in a pink t-shirt that he occasionally accessorizes with handcuffs. On a more serious note, Ai served as guest editor for the October 18 issue of the New Statesman, the London-based political and cultural magazine. “This special issue, on China, its complex present and its future challenges, is written by Chinese authors and activists and showcases work by Chinese photographers,” said editor Jason Cowley. “It is the New Statesman, made in China.”

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