Sep 5, 2011

Ai Weiwei : Beijing es una prisión

Beijing, vista a los ojos de un disidente :
Beijing is two cities : One is of power and of money. People don’t care who their neighbors are; they don’t trust you. The other city is one of desperation. I see people on public buses, and I see their eyes, and I see they hold no hope. [...]

Every year millions come to Beijing to build its bridges, roads, and houses. Each year they build a Beijing equal to the size of the city in 1949. They are Beijing’s slaves. They squat in illegal structures, which Beijing destroys as it keeps expanding. Who owns houses? Those who belong to the government, the coal bosses, the heads of big enterprises. [...]

Officials who wear a suit and tie like you say we are the same and we can do business. But they deny us basic rights. You will see migrants’ schools closed. You will see hospitals where they give patients stitches—and when they find the patients don’t have any money, they pull the stitches out. It’s a city of violence. [...]

This city is not about other people or buildings or streets but about your mental structure. If we remember what Kafka writes about his Castle, we get a sense of it. Cities really are mental conditions. Beijing is a nightmare. A constant nightmare.


  1. Me hace acordar a las descripciones que hace Guy Sorman de China.

  2. "I see people on public buses, and I see their eyes, and I see they hold no hope."

    Parece la letra de una canción de Pink Floyd.

    Don Freeman.


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