Watch artist Anish Kapoor's 'Gangnam for Freedom'
Posted on: 11:00 AM IST Nov 23, 2012
New Delhi: British artist of Indian origin, Anish Kapoor, has made his own version of a music video which features the global super hit number 'Gangnam Style' by Korean rap sensation Psy in support of Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei and to promote freedom of speech and expression.
Kapoor's version of the Gangnam Style video - Gangnam for Freedom - has the backing of Amnesty. Ai, a world-renowned artist and China's most prominent dissident, and staff of his company himself had performed Psy's famous horse dance in his Beijing studio and posted the video to Chinese sites such as 'Tudou', the equivalent of the blocked YouTube site.
Ai, 55, called the video 'Caonima' which means "grass mud horse" but the word, which sounds like a very crude insult, has also been taken on by Chinese Internet users, and by Ai himself, and featured in postings mocking the government's online controls.
Ai said Psy's Gangnam Style song and dance was a grass-roots expression of individualism that should be allowed in his country.
Ai, whose 81-day detention last year sparked an international outcry, has regularly criticised the government for what he sees as its flouting of the rule of law and the rights of citizens.
Kapoor, a Padma Bhushan, was born in Mumbai but lived and worked in London since the early 1970s. (With inputs from Reuters)