Ai Weiwei is the most famous Chinese contemporary artist and activist living today. As an activist, he has called attention to the Chinese Government’s human rights violations and stance on democracy. As an artist he has expanded his practice to merge form and politics, acting as one of the earliest conceptual artists to incorporate social media in his practice. He has widely investigated government cover-ups and in 2011 he was held for 81 days without any official charges being filed, loosely accused of “economic crimes”. He has repeatedly been held under house arrest, and subjected to surveillance and police brutality. His art is always angry, humorous and political- this photo of his wife, Lu Qing, lifting her skirts at Tiananmen square is no exception.