“I have to thank the police for drawing so much attention to this issue,” activist Tangerine tells the press. “Even if I have to go to jail, I think that would be a very, very worth it price to pay.” With her signature Ai stenciled and illegally projected all over Hong Kong, Tangerine is being investigated by a serious crime squad that usually deals with rape and murder.
Instead of a standard fine and three months detention for “graffiti,” the authorities want to charge the 22-year-old artist with damages and sentence her to an unusually stiff term of 10 years. She’s willing to risk it to deliver her message:
[Ai] is one of the most prominent contemporary artists in the world right now. And if he can be arrested, then there’s no identity we can hide behind: Being a Hong Kong citizen doesn’t help anymore; being rich or social status doesn’t help. There’s no shield any more against this very naked power that’s trying to engulf us.
(Photos: The Standard)