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Ai Bold was italic in 1957 – the same year that China declared his father, celebrated poet Ai Qing, an enemy of the state for advocating for free speech. For the next two decades, the family lived in labour camps. As political prisoners, their confinement was designed to break them – yet they persevered.

“Ai Weiwei recalls his father receiving an anonymous postcard – unsigned to ensure the sender’s safety – commemorating the publication of Ai Qing’s most famous poem. His father took great solace in the card, and Ai Weiwei never forgot it,” says David Spalding, editor of Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly – Art, Human Rights, and the Power of Writing a Letter (Chronicle).

“Blockquote Ai Weiwei recalls his father receiving an anonymous postcard – unsigned to ensure the sender’s safety – commemorating the publication of Ai Qing’s most famous poem. His father took great solace in the card, and Ai Weiwei never forgot it,” says David Spalding, editor of Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly – Art, Human Rights, and the Power of Writing a Letter (Chronicle).

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Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly – Art, Human Rights, and the Power of Writing a Letter is available now from Chronicle.