Must See Doc Film: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Alison Klayman’s new documentary now playing at the IFC and Lincoln Plaza Cinema in Manhattan, is an intimate and powerful portrait of a very interesting contemporary Chinese artist who was recently detained by the Chinese for 81 days because of his so-called anti-government activities. He was a design consultant for Bejing’s Olympic Stadium called “The Bird’s Nest.”
Ai Weiwei is a large, gentle man born during the Cultural Revolution. In his twenties, he lived in New York City and was inspired by the free atmosphere of the 1980′s East Village art scene.
He returned to China after Tiananmen Square, which radicalized him and motivated him to create a dissident Chinese art scene. In the film, Ai Weiwei blogs and uses Twitter constantly as a way to inform the world about the repressive and corrupt tactics of the Chinese government. In a sense Twitter is one of his mediums and he uses it brilliantly.
Among other things, we watch as Ai Weiwei creates a 2010 exhibition at the Tate Modern in London called “Sunflower Seeds.” In the film, we watch as he and his assistants arrange 100 million handmade porcelain sunflower seeds on an enormous gallery floor.
I found his use of Twitter fascinating and it made me further appreciate the power of that social media form
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