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."
20. He doesn't consider himself a "Chinese artist."