Ai Weiwei is an ardent navigator of identity politics without considering his condition in the canon of Chinese artists. As he told The Believer's Claudine Ko: "To call yourself a Chinese artist or woman artist or African artist reflects a certain kind of condition. To me, that is not necessary. Of course, people will call you an old artist or young artist, which is just a character of you. But personally, I don't think my work and my understanding of art is so much related to being Chinese, but the character of that. Maybe it's beyond my own consciousness."