I have been researching Ai Wei Wei's Sunflower Seed art piece recently and found the background of the piece to be very interesting. Being an artist and activist, Ai Wei Wei suffered a lot of harassment and hardships from the government that carried over to his work. However, I am unsure how the Sunflower Seed imparticular may have been affected by the government. Therefore, I am looking for help in understanding how the Sunflower Seed's origins and presentation were affected by public policies at any level of government and the practices of non-profit institutions.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com September 20, 2018, 2:49 am ad1c9bdddf - https://brainmass.com/art-music-and-creative-writing/art-history/ai-wei-wei-sunflower-seed-530916
As you briefly assert how the Sunflower Seed piece, in particular, may have been affected by the government, I offer you some brief help in understanding how the Sunflower Seed's origins and presentation were strongly affected by public policies at all levels of the Chinese government. Because the major staple of the art piece, the sunflower seeds themselves, strongly symbolize the Chinese citizens' massive hunger and blatant subjugation by their oppressive government during the Cultural Revolution, I believe that the whole piece is a direct outcry to vehemently protest how their human rights as a people and nation were stripped from them. In fact, research actually calls it part of "a dialogue about the social and cultural place of art" ...
Ai Weiwei's strong criticism of the Chinese government is briefly discussed in his art.