“China vs Google”
Acrylic on Canvas
16″ x 20″ x 3″
“China vs Google” was inspired by the significant interactions between Google and China during March 2010. This painting was painted at the beginning of April 2010 and represents the divide between technology and the awakening of the world to propagate freedom of speech.
Google China launched in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed the discomfort of Google agreeing to censor some results. In March 2010, Google puts a halt to its China search engine, redirecting the site to its search site based in Hong Kong which is uncensored. (1)
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 to Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China. According to the Nobel Committee, “China’s new status must entail increased responsibility. China is in breach of several international agreements to which it is a signatory, as well as of its own provisions concerning political rights. Article 35 of China’s constitution lays down that “Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration”. In practice, these freedoms have proved to be distinctly curtailed for China’s citizens.” (2)