The artist was arrested in April for "economic crimes," though arts communities worldwide suspected Chinese officials of wanting to silence his outspoken criticism of the country's government.
Ai gave a TED talk in March about the power of artwork and the web, and his hopes for the future of China, which you can watch after the jump.
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