As we entered the exhibit, there was a disclaimer sign explaining that the choice of portrait subjects was Ai Weiwei's and to please not be offended with the Smithsonian if you disagreed with any of his choices. I'm ashamed to admit that I did not recognize the vast majority of the names. Probably the one that would have been most controversial among Americans was Edward Snowden. I would not have chosen to include him myself, but I'll have to agree to disagree with Ai Weiwei on that point, just as I've had to agree to disagree with a number of Americans.
|Aung San Suu Kyi, possibly one of the most famous subjects of Ai Weiwei's Lego portraits.|
|Roza Tuletaeva is a Kazakhstani labor activist. Interestingly, we never heard about her while we were living in Kazakhstan...|
|Liu Xiabo was China's Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died recently.|
|Ahmed Douma is an Egyptian activist and blogger who has been imprisoned by three consecutive governments.|