ai weiwei never sorry intro

Alison Klayman

Documentary  |  91 min  |  USA  |  2012

Age limit: 7

There are about 40 cats living in the Beijing studio of Chinese activist-artist Ai Weiwei of which only one knows how to open the door. If it hadn’t been proven that it can do that, who knew that cats were able to do such a thing? The symbolism is apparent. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, directed by Alison Klayman, depicts Ai Weiwei as a teacher of a nation whose actions against the party propaganda end up on the internet.

The name of the document refers to the Munich So Sorry exhibition during which the artist hung up 7000 rucksacks on the facade of the art museum in remembrance of the schoolchildren who died at the Sichuan earthquake. Idealism runs in the blood with Ai Weiwei, and he and his team pieced together the names and numbers of the victims since the government concealed the information.

In the course of the film the artist prepares for the Sunflower Seeds installation, which was exhibited at Tate Modern in London – at the very latest this piece lead to international superstardom and landed him at the top as one the most influential figures in the world of contemporary art.

Klayman also sheds some light on his student years in New York and shows some clips from the artists own documentaries. The hooligan-spirited Ai Weiwei sees himself as a chess player, waiting for his opponent’s next move in order to make his one.

Marko Ylitalo (Translation: Elisa Pakkanen)

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