AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, a documentary to be released in spring of 2011, portrays a close-up of the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Alison Klayman, Beijing based journalist and filmmaker, provides viewers an insight of contemporary China by focusing on the artist’s artistic process and constant public confrontations with the Chinese government.
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Ai Weiwei, who refers to himself as “A brand for liberal thinking and individualism,” is one of the most provocative social activist in contemporary China advocating freedom of expression and open access to information, a delicate subject in China. Since the Beijing Olympic Games and the Sichuan Earthquake in 2008, Ai Weiwei began to infuse art, politics, and activism to provide social commentaries and criticisms on the current Chinese government. The artist’s works and political standpoint has led him to police surveillance, house arrest, and violent encounters. Recently in January 2011, the Chinese government demolished the artist’s newly built studio complex in Shanghai, which the artist sent off with a “going-away” party serving river crabs, a word that sounds similar to “harmony” in Mandarin.
Ai Weiwei has affected the way many Chinese and people worldwide think about and view contemporary China and the power role that the government plays. Often revered as Ai Shen, which translates into Ai God, the artist remains as a preeminent cultural figure with his art and activism not only in China but also globally.