Ai Weiwei is an acclaimed artist and political activist from China. He was born in Beijing in 1957, and lived in the United States in the early 1980s, returned to Beijing in 1993, where he helped design the city’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ national stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games. In 2011, he was detained in a secret police detention center for 80 days. Since 2015, he has been residing in Europe. An outspoken advocate for human rights and freedom of speech, he is the recipient of the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation (2012) and the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International (2015).