This popular series of documentary film offers a though-provoking look at visionary artists and individuals pushing both artistic and personal boundaries – challenging or exceeding perceived limitations and setting new paths for performative work. Following each film, share your thoughts during an informal discussion led by experienced guest moderators.
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. This detailed portrait by first-time director Alison Klayman, provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. It is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.