The MoMa, REACT to FILM and The Common Good presented a screening of the Academy Award short-listed documentary Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry.
Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a political dissident who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. The screening was followed by a Q&A with director Alison Klayman.
Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Weiwei expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.
First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Weiwei while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.
Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist. His activity as a dissident has gone hand in hand with his artistic career, and he has continued to produce work testifying to his political beliefs while at the same time making plenty of room for creativity and experimentation. As an activist, he has been openly critical of the Chinese government's stance on democracy and human rights. He investigated government corruption and cover-ups, in particular the Sichuan schools corruption scandal following the collapse of "tofu-dreg schools" in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. After denouncing government corruption and the lack of respect for human rights and freedom of speech in China, he was arrested, beaten, placed in isolation and forbidden to travel.