Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

USA 2012. Dir: Alison Klayman. 91 min. DCP

Presented by The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in conjunction with The Cinematheque

“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, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai 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” (official synopsis).

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The screening will be introduced by Carol Lu, a critic and curator based in Beijing. Ms. Lu is artistic director and chief curator of OCAT Shenzhen and a contributing editor at Frieze magazine. She was a jury member for the 2011 Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion Award, co-artistic director of the 2012 Gwangju Biennial, and writes frequently for international art journals. Her curatorial work includes Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Art (with Diana Freundl), opening November 15th at the Vancouver Art Gallery.


Organized in conjunction with Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993 at The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC. September 5 - November 30, 2014. www.belkin.ubc.ca

 

REVIEWS

"A lively, informative, funny and inspirational portrait of a courageous, charismatic, highly original man."

Observer | full review

"A movie that somehow mixes apprehension for Ai with a feeling of warmth and, certainly, fun."

Newsday | full review